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Women’s Worlds Day 7 Recap: Sweden, Germany book quarterfinal berths

Group A

Czechia (1-1-0-2, 5 pts) 5, Switzerland (1-0-0-3, 3 pts) 2

Adela Sapovalivova scored 52 seconds into the game as Czechia clinched third place in Group A with a 5-2 win over Switzerland. The Czechs opened a 3-0 lead in the first period. Switzerland got goals from Lara Stalder and Alina Müller in the third period but a Tereza Pistekova goal went in between them and they never really threatened the lead.

Alena Mills and Dominika Laskova had multi-point games for Czechia. Blanka Skodova made 13 saves in the win. Saskia Maurer played the first 40 minutes and allowed four goals before being replaced by Caroline Spies.

Group B

Germany (3-0-0-1, 9 pts) 2, Hungary (1-0-0-3, 3 pts) 1

First period goals from Ronja Hark and Nicola Eisenschmid were all the offence Germany needed as they clinched second place in Group B and Hungary will be relegated to the lower division.

Hungary got a goal from Reka Dabasi in the second period and despite outshooting Germany 24-8 in the final two periods, they were unable to get even. Sandra Abstreiter made 36 saves in the win and was full value for the Germans. Aniko Nemeth made 24 saves for Hungary.

Sweden (2-0-0-2, 6 pts) 8, France (0-0-0-4, 0 pts) 2)

Hanna Olsson had the game of her life on Tuesday, scoring four goals and adding three assists in Sweden’s 8-2 win over France to close out their round robin.

Olsson now leads the tournament in scoring, closely followed by her linemates Lina Ljungblom (who had two goals and three assists in Tuesday’s win) and Hilda Svensson (one goal, two assists). Sofie Lundin had the other Swedish goal and added two assists of her own.

With the score 8-0, France got on the board with goals from Jade Barbirati and former Les Canadiennes forward Lore Baudrit to make it the 8-2 final.

Looking ahead

The quarterfinal matchups are now set, with Hungary and France being relegated. Wednesday is an off-day for the tournament.

Action gets underway at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday with Czechia and Finland in what might be the best game of the bunch.

At 1:30 p.m. Eastern, the United States and Germany face off followed by Canada and Sweden at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

The day finishes off with Japan and Switzerland at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

The quarterfinal winners will head to the semi-finals while the losers will be put into a placement round to determine who finishes fifth through eighth. The winner of the placement tournament will get the final spot in Group A next year.

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