Switzerland claims the WFC 2017 bronze medal after defeating Czech Republic 3-2. Corin Rüttimann stood for world class performance which will go down in the history books – all goals for Switzerland came from her stick.
The first period between the historical bronze-medal rivalries ended up being goalless, despite several chances created – not least from the Swiss. Jana Christianova in Czech Republic’s net was noted for 4 saves, twice as many as Lara Heini for Switzerland.
Pixbo Wallenstam’s star Eliska Krupnova stood for the first goal of the game as she put the Czech’s in a lead only seconds after the period break when she basically got an open net on the 2nd rebound, which a player of her caliber is far too good to not utilize. Switzerland’s goal machine Corin Rüttimann replied 5 minutes later by flawlessly sniping in the equalizer in the top right corner.
But the Czech’s bounced back by scoring 2-1 – once again on a rebound, but this time by Dominika Kubisova. They then got the chance to extend their lead when Seraina Ulber was sent off 2 minutes but Heini in the net made sure that didn’t happen. Instead, the Swiss got half a minute of powerplay when Denisa Ratajova in a furiously pushed Katrin Zwinggi after a (one of many in the 2nd period) heated situation at 39:30.
The remaining 1 and a half minutes of 5v4 which overlapped into the final period was played without any success for the Swiss. But then, 8 minutes in Corin Rüttimann struck again with a truly historical goal – not only a massive equalizer, but also her 39th WFC goal – meaning she became the all-time greatest WFC goal scorer.
But she wasn’t done just yet. When the referee controversially blew the whistle as they believed Czech Republic’s goalkeeper Jana Christianova was out of her zone, Switzerland were handed a penalty – and who else but Rüttimann stepped up and confidently put in 2-3 to complete her hat-trick, and not least put Switzerland in the lead for the first time in the game.
A desperate Czech Republic took a timeout with 2 minutes to go and went for the 6v5 advantage in hope for an equalizer. They came close, but Lara Heini once again stood for a massive save to deny them, meaning Switzerland claims the bronze medal at the World Floorball Championships 2017!