Women’s World Championship recap: Switzerland and Czechia victorious

The second day of the 2022 Women’s World Championship did not feature any of the best teams in the world, but the competition remained intense. In Group A, the Swiss stars came to play, while in Group B, Czechia continued to progress as a nation to watch.

Here’s a look at what happened on Friday:

Switzerland beats Japan

Switzerland used the strength of their two best players, Alina Muller and Lara Stalder, to win their tournament opener 3-1.

Japan now sits 0-2 after a tough loss to the United States on Thursday.

Stalder and Muller scored 11 minutes apart in the second half to give Switzerland a 2-0 lead. Lena Marie Lutz made it 3-0 at 57:55, but Akane Shiga ended Andrea Braendli’s shutout in the Swiss net with 23 seconds left to give Japan something to cheer about. Miyu Masuhara was solid in net for Japan and was named the team’s player of the match, but they lost an important game as the team look to find momentum moving forward.

Czechia beat Hungary

In a completely lopsided affair, Czechia beat Hungary 7-1 to start strong.

Klara Hymlarov and Daniel Pejsova scored a goal each in the opening 2:21 to put the game out of reach almost from the start. Tereza Radova and Adela Sapovalivova made it 4-0 in the second period, but Alexandra Huszak’s goal with less than five minutes remaining in the second period ended Klara’s shutout attempt Peslarova.

Natalie Mlynkova and Agata Sarnovska both scored in the third, separated by Sapovalivova’s second of the night, to make it a 7-1 game.

Three stars

1. Alina Muller, C (SUI): On the first goal of the game, Muller trailed, delayed, faked, then sent a perfect pass to Lara Stalder who buried a one-timer. He showed incredible control and showcased the immense playmaking skills that Muller possesses. She later dropped to her knees in the slot, adding extra leverage to her shot to bury a 2-0 marker. Offensively, Muller ranks among the best in the world, and she showed it in Switzerland’s win over Japan.

2. Lara Stalder, RW (SUI): The combination of Stalder and Alina Muller proved too much for the Japanese defense. To open the scoring, Stalder found the ice open in the left circle and ripped a spot short side. Then she picked up a loose puck below the goal line, rounded the net and slipped a pass to Muller perfectly into the slot which scored to make it 2-0. The pair controlled the game whenever they were on the ice, with Stalder showing dominance on the cycle or in possession below the goal line, keeping the pressure on for the Swiss.

3. Adela Sapovalivova, LW (CZE): After a year where Sapovalivova led the Czech women’s league in goals and then was named tournament star at the U-18 World Championship by scoring nine points in five games, things didn’t look like they could get any better for the talented attacker. . When the tournament’s youngest player at just 16 scored twice against Hungary, it marked a new era for Czechia. She will be a centerpiece of the Czech attack for years to come.