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PyeongChang 2018

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Goal achieved: Thanks to a 3-1 victory over Japan, the Swiss Women’s national team has qualified for the quarterfinals of the ice hockey tournament at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. 

Photo: athleticpictures.ch / Andreas Haas

The decisive factors for the qualification were the great performance of goalie Florence Schelling, two-time scorer Sara Benz, and a very disciplined performance of the team. Head coach Daniela Diaz stated, however, that while they achieved an intermediate goal with the quarterfinal qualification, they are also looking to win against Sweden on Wednesday.

The Swiss had a tough first period against Japan bit having survived the constant onrush of the Japanese, the Swiss came back with a vengeance in the second period. Two of their three goals were scored in that period – both on the power play, both by Sara Benz. Diaz applauded the performance of her team, stating that she was proud of her team, in particular, because «we were able to continuously step up our game after a tough start».

Contrary to the Japanese team, which put more than double the amount of shots on net than the Swiss, the Swiss used their scoring chances: future attorney Sara Benz crowned her anniversary game with two goals. She went top shelf on the first, shooting from a tough angle. As for the second goal, she received a nice outlet pass by Christine Meier and then scored on a breakaway. The Swiss will play their final game of the preliminary round on Wednesday against Sweden.

Switzerland vs. Japan 3-1 (0-0, 2-0, 1-1)
Kwandong Hockey Center - 4033 spectators

Goals: 31st minute Sara Benz (Rüegg, Laura Benz (PPG)) 1-0. 34th minute Sara Benz (Meier, Stalder (PPG)) 2-0. 45th minute Müller 3-0. 48th minute Kubo (Hori, Toko) 3-1.

Line-up Switzerland: Schelling; Altmann, Bullo; Meier, Gass; Zollinger, Laura Benz; Sigrist, Wetli; Rüedi, Raselli, Staenz; Stalder, Müller, Sara Benz; Forster, Rüegg, Isabel Waidacher; Nina Waidacher,  Allemann, Monika Waidacher.

Noteworthy: It was the 100th game for the national team for Sara Benz. Switzerland put 18 shots on net, Japan 38. Florence Schelling celebrated her eighth win at the Olympics and thus tied the record held by Canadian netminder Kim St. Pierre.

Last Update: 12 February 2018, 04:31 PM | mso/rlu

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