WFC 2017

Overtime goal decides equalizing frenzy and grants Estonia 11th place

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In the battle for 11th place, Estonia and the USA put off a fantastic fight that could only be decided in overtime, when Estonia scored the winning goal: 7-8.

Estonia started off as the better team and quickly scored the opening goal, when Merli Suvari found the net. Halfway p1, the USA received a penalty shot, but the uninspired try by Tiffany Gerber went wide and during the following powerplay Estonia didn’t have many difficulties defending. The equalizer followed quickly after the failed powerplay however, scored by Selma Johansson. Estonia could start over again, which they did successfully: Katrin Kivirand scored and put her team in the lead again with a long distance shot. An early Christmas present for the USA meant the score at rest was 2-2.

During the second period, Estonia took the lead again through Kati Kutisaar, who would also score Estonia’s fourth goal. In between, Marie Haggstrom had put the USA next to their opponents again in powerplay. She was assisted by Michelle Linhart. The two players both are in the top 5 of point scorers during this WFC as they now both had 18 points. As the period saw no further goals, the score at rest was 4-3 in Estonia’s favor.

Shortly into the last period, the USA did what they did three times before: equalize, through Haggstrom, assisted by Linhart. Only ten seconds later, Estonia was in the lead again, but the Americans repeated their trick and tied the score. It was no surprise Estonia took the lead again, as they had done five times before (6-5), but the USA tied again! Guess what happened next? It were the Americans to take the lead for the first time in this game! They were about to win the game, but at 59.57 Estonia scored 7-7!

In overtime, the USA had the first chance, but in the counter, Estonia could score the winning 7-8. It was after only 49 seconds and granted Estonia the 11th spot, while the USA ends up at 12th spot.

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