WFC 2013

12 December 2013

The 13th place game between Canada and Hungary concluded the schedule of matches in the ČEZ Arena B. And the spectators witnessed one record as well as a thrilling ending. Canada managed to score with only 9 seconds played in the opening period. But the Hungarians kept up with their opponents and only 40 seconds later they responded with a shot from the half of the court, which ended in Lynch's net. Scoring opportunities were coming one after another, Canada scored in the sixth minute and Hungary levelled the score with one minute left in the first period.

Early in the second period a penalty shot for playing in the goalkeeper area made the fans sit up. The Canadian Johanna Laurila tried a low shot, but Rita Miklos parried her shot with her hand. But Canada managed to convert the awarded power play. Halfway through the game Canada changed their goalie and Christi McKinney added Canada's fourth goal on a delayed penalty in the 15th minute. Hungary cut the lead shortly afterwards, but before the second intermission the Canadians increased their lead back to two goals from a breakaway.

However, in the third period the Hungarians almost didn't let their opponents on their half. Canadian players spent most of the time with the ball on their sticks during their power play, which, however, remained unconverted. On the other hand, Réka Kovács punished Karley Ronnenberg's unnecessary penalty for roughness in front of the goal and made it 5:5 at 49:32. Despite big Hungarian pressure and another power play the score remained unchanged until the end of the third period. In many hustles in front of the goal Canada was saved by their goalie Rachel MacLeod, who was deservedly named her team's player of the match.

Ve třetí třetině však Maďarky téměř nepustily Kanadu přes půlící čáru. Nejvíce času strávily Kanaďanky na míčku ve své přesilovce, tu však nevyužily. Naopak Réka Kovács při vyloučení Karley Ronnenberg za zbytečnou hrubost před brankou v čase 49:32 vyrovnala na 5:5. Tento stav i přes velký maďarský tlak a další přesilovku vydržel až do konce třetí třetiny. Kanadu v mnoha závarech podržela brankářka Rachel MacLeod, která se po zásluze stala jejich nejlepší hráčkou zápasu.

So, the overtime had to decide about the winner. The play was very nervous and the game was eventually decided by Victoria Chapman, who scored a lucky goal and started celebrations of her team's historical success. “We're excited about this success for Canadian floorball,” Elieen Lam talked enthusiastically (full interview here) and the Canadian coach Robin Ridgewell was excited as well. “We focused on defence and it paid off,” he admitted (full inteview here). On the other hand, the Hungarian coach Péter Huszti was very disappointed after the match: “In my opinion we were the better team; unfortunately we didn't convert our chances,” he evaluated his team's loss (full interview here).

Skupina ČEZ
Ostrava - City of sport

Moravskoslezský kraj
Konica Minolta

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