WFC 2013

10 December 2013

The Slovaks entered the play-off game with a desire for historical success. The game against the paper favourites was to decide about everything. The Quarterfinal stage was really close, but the match ended in Slovak disappointment. When considering the progress of the game, the result was really unlucky for them.

Both teams started the match with two lines and the spectators were watching interesting floorball. And it was surprisingly the Slovaks who controlled the game. Especially Zuzana Šponiarová was forechecking actively and showed two nice plays, but the chances remained unconverted.

In the second part of the first period the Latvians had to play shorthanded for 4 minutes due to back-to-back penalties. But they blocked their opponents' shots very effectively. After the power plays the Slovaks had a few clear opportunities, but they missed them carelessly. The biggest one was wasted by Janegová.

At the beginning of the second period the players let their goalies excel. The Slovaks wasted another chance and were naturally punished for that. Latvia took over the initiative and from their first bigger chance they scored a goal. A shot rebounded from the board behind the goal was tipped-in to the net by unmarked Torstere.

Slovakia, however, didn't want to reconcile themselves with the progress of the match and began outplaying the Latvians again. But they struggled in finishing. In the end, Milota Hutirová managed to score from a breakaway at 34:47. Then the Slovaks, with huge support of their fans, wasted a few more big chances.

So, the decisive moments of the match came in the third period. First, Ferencová scored with an accurately performed penalty shot and sent the Slovaks into the lead. Despite they had a few more opportunities, with their own mistakes they provided the Latvians with a chance to turn the score around. Luize Bilinska scored twice to make it 3:2 from 1:2 and the fourth Latvian goal was added five minutes before the end by Diana Isjomina. Slovakia took a time out and had some more chances afterwards, but only Michaela Šponiarová's shot found the net. Despite big pressure and even though they pulled their goalie, they didn't manage to convert any of their chances.

After outshooting their opponents by 33:17 the Slovaks must have regretted their scoring impotence. And Katarína Klapitová was aware of it of course: “We should have scored from our chances. It's our fault we lost.” “We lost the game due to our mistakes. We were the better team,” the goalie Radka Mládenková agreed. You can watch the entire interview with the Slovak players here. Luize Bilinska evaluated the game from the winning team's point of view (here).

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