WFC 2013

09 December 2013

Yesterday, Finland defeated Russia despite they had a rather slow start into the game, and today their match against Poland had a similar scenario. After the first period, the Poles kept a promising score 0:1 and after the second the Finnish lead still wasn't decisive. But in the third the Scandinavians improved their finishing and, in the end, nine balls ended in the Polish net.

The Finns were more active from the very beginning and nothing indicated that they would have any troubles in this match. The first goal was scored in the eighth minute by Emmi Niemelä, who sent the favourites into the lead. In the rest of the opening period the Poles resorted to devoted defence and it paid off. The Finns again struggled in finishing and couldn't find a recipe for the tough Polish defence.

The middle period had a similar progress. Marianne Hannonen increased the Finnish lead in the 27th minute. It already appeared that the Finns were going to decide about the result but the Poles surprisingly reduced the gap with a power-play goal by Katarzyna Fula. The Poles suddenly came alive and tried to play offensively in the following minutes. But still the Finns managed to increase their lead. Their third goal was scored by Laura Mertsalmi.

Finland started the third period at a brisk pace and sent several dangerous shots on the opponents' goal. Two quick goals then definitively broke the Polish resistance. In the end, the Finns added four more goals, whereas Poland scored only once. So, the game full of tough tackles eventually ended in a 9:2 win by Finland. “It wasn't an easy game for us,” Karoliina Kujala, the Finnish forward, admitted. More in the interview here.

Author: Gusta Ondrejčík

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