WFC 2017

Latvia beats Denmark and meets Sweden in quarterfinals

Image: IFF

In a game with few goals, Latvia was the stronger one and beat Denmark: 4-1. The team moves up to the quarterfinals, in which Sweden will be the opponent.

The Latvians opened the score halfway the first period when Liga Garklava found the net. Her goal would be the only one from this period, although both teams got (some) chances for more. The first goal got a followup during the second period, as at 29.17 Evelina Garbare doubled the score. Denmark’s goalie Sara Lund, #5 in the top 10 list of goalkeepers, had to deal with more bad luck when Gunita Karklina even scored 3-0, right before the end of the second period.

The game seemed over for Denmark when Zeltite Bankava scored the fourth Latvian goal (46.39), but in powerplay Cecilia Di Nardo scored 4-1 with her 37th WFC goal ever, putting her on the (shared) #1 spot of WFC goal scorers in history. The goal gave the Danes a boost and energized them again, but no further goals were made until Denmark took a timeout with less than five minutes left to play. They took their goalkeeper out, but without any goals. With the 4-1 result, Latvia moves up to the quarterfinals, while Denmark will play in the hunt for 5th place.

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