WFC 2013

11 December 2013

Despite Hungary had an excellent start into the match, the Japanese players fought hard, managed to resist and the game was decided in the third period only, in which Hungary recorded two decisive goals. Although Japan tried hard to level the score, the Hungarians controlled the score and tomorrow will face Canada in the 13th place game. On the other hand, Japan will meet Korea in the 15th place game.

The Hungarians opened the game better and Liza Pecsenya scored the first goal in the fourth minute. Four minutes later Hungary made use of another carelessness in Japanese defence and increased the lead to two goals. But the Japanese players didn't seem too helpless and showed several nice combinations. They were rewarded for their effort only a few seconds after the second Hungarian goal and reduced the lead.

In the end the first period turned into an interesting shoot-out. Hungary again went two goals up and controlled the game for most of the time. But then they were given a penalty, Japan converted the power play in less than a minute and again closed the lead. It already seemed that the second period would not bring any more goals but suddenly the Japanese players burst into a geyser of joy. Midori Sawaguchi tied the score with 8 seconds to play in the second period.

The third part started with a mild Hungarian pressure. The Hungarians tried to turn their dominance into goals, but Japan could rely on their goalie Chika Sato. But still it was the Europeans who went into the lead again thanks to Evelin Hotz. Although Japan had one power-play opportunity late in the game, they didn't manage to level the score and, on the other hand, the Hungarian victory was secured by Veronika Vladar's goal.

The Hungarians were satisfied with the result after the game: “We're happy we managed to win today. But tomorrow it won't be anything simple against Canada because they play aggressive floorball,” the Hungarian forward Timea Pintye looks out to the tomorrow's 13th place game. More in the interview here. From the Japanese team we talked to Keiko Ida.(interview here).

Autor: Gusta Ondrejčík

Skupina ČEZ
Ostrava - City of sport

Moravskoslezský kraj
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