A second period break-out by Poland proved to be the base of a confident victory against Estonia. The game ended 6-1 and means Poland will play against Czech Republic tomorrow at 19.00 for a ticket to the semifinals.
Fairly evenly matched is how one could describe the first period in the first play-off match of the WFC2017. After some initial aggressive high press of both Estonia and Poland the game started with a goal for Estonia – unfortunately for the team, an own goal which gave the lead to Poland. The team set things straight just 36 seconds later when Reti Vaart took the ball from the corner and dragged it into the Polish goal. An entertaining period followed in which Poland had more shots on goal than Estonia. It seemed as if it wouldn’t pay off but a late goal by Agata Plechan gave the 2-2-1 to Poland.
After almost 3 minutes Poland was able to increase the lead to 3-1 thanks to a devastating shot from the side by Elzbieta Piotrowska. Estonia had a huge chance to stop Poland’s momentum when the team received a powerplay but the Polish march couldn’t be stopped as they even scored the 4-1 shorthanded.
With a ticket to the quarterfinals at stake (and a guaranteed top 8 placement) Estonia knew what needed to be done. They started to put pressure on their opponent and it was clear that the Polish had a hard time dealing with the re-energized Estonians. A powerplay was given to Estonia but again the team failed to score. Both teams were incredibly close to scoring and specifically Poland received numerous good opportunities but miraculously the match didn’t see another goal for the first half of the final period. Another powerplay for Estonia around 5 minutes before time meant the team had a great opportunity to score and they even pulled their goalkeeper to force a 6 vs 4. However, the goal fell on the other side when Justyna Krzywak scored her second goal of the day in an empty net. The final goal would also be scored by Poland through a goal by Elzbieta Piotrowska.