In the hunt for tickets to the quarterfinals, Slovakia and Germany met today. Despite a small comeback halfway the game, Germany couldn’t beat Slovakia: 3-7.
Slovakia’s top point scorer Paulina Hudakova only needed two minutes to help Denisa Ferencikova open the score. Five minutes later, she gained her second point by also assisting Lucia Kosturiakova: 0-2. Germany didn’t despair and quickly fought its way back into the game. It was Riccarda Schimanski who scored the important 1-2 – which meant Germany finally found the net again, after seven periods without any goals!
Five minutes into the second period, Germany even equalized when Pauline Baumgarten gave her second assist, this time to Laura Neumann. Seconds before, Slovakia’s Alzbeta Durikova fell out with what seemed to be a painful injury. The Slovaks needed some time to recover and Germany created some small chances. However, in powerplay, Slovakia regained the lead through Kosturiakova: 2-3. After three easy victories in the group phase, Slovakia finally had a tougher opponent in Germany. It took them almost the full period to score 2-4, made by Michaela Sponiarova and (again) assisted by Hudakova. In the final minute of the period, a quick counter led to 2-5 through Katarina Klapitova.
Quickly into the last period, Slovakia increased the score when Kosturiakova completed her hattrick. She was assisted by Hudakova again, who now has 22 points in this WFC. She’s only three away from an all-time record of most points in one single WFC, currently held by Emelie Lindström (Sweden): 25 (9+16). Reaching the end of the period, the Germans scored 3-6 through Laura Neumann, again assisted by Baumgarten. They took out their goalie, which ultimately led to Slovakia’s empty net goal: 3-7.
Slovakia meets Finland on Thursday in the quarterfinals, while Germany will play against the loser of Norway – USA.