WFC 2013

07 December 2013

Poland defeated Russia by 6:3 in a group A game. But for two periods the Poles were struggling with finishing and decided the game during the third period only. They played a total of eight power plays but converted only two of them. Quite the opposite, the Russians were causing them significant trouble in penalty killing situations and Maria Okulova even managed to score two shorthanded goals. But in the final period the Poles gained control of the game and recorded their first victory.

Poland started the game more actively and exerted great pressure on the opponents' defence. But their main trouble was their productivity. They were not aggressive enough in their finishing and the Russian goalie Lapina also made some great saves. The Polish team broke the tension in the 18th minute only after Maja Stenka's goal.

The second period continued in the same spirit. The Poles were struggling in offence and during the middle period they didn't convert five power plays, despite having several scoring opportunities. On the other hand, the Russians managed to make the best of a bad job. Maria Okulova went into two breakaways when playing shorthanded and gave her team a hope for a good result. The Poles replied with one goal only and hence the teams went into the dressing rooms with a tied score.

In the third period the Poles improved their concentration in finishing and eventually decided about the game's result. They scored four quick goals and the Russians had no response. But Agata Plechova wasn't satisfied with her team's performance. “It may have been influenced by the fact that it was our first game. We definitely have to improve our finishing,” commented one of the key Polish players, who scored one goal in the match. More in an interview here.

Skupina ČEZ
Ostrava - City of sport

Moravskoslezský kraj
Konica Minolta

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