CALGARY, Alberta (AFP) – Dominika Laskova scored two goals in a 2-0 win over Germany in the Women’s Hockey World Cup on Wednesday evening to win the second set and avoid the United States or Canada in the quarter-finals.
All five teams in Group A – along with five-time champions USA (3-0) and Canada (3-0), who will fight for the group title on Thursday evening – will advance to the quarter-finals.
Klara Beslarova saved 12 balls to help Czech Republic play 4-0.
Laskova and her colleague Alina Mills led the tournament with four goals. Laskova opened the gate at 4:28 in the second half and scored again in the third half at 9:09.
Franziska Alp intercepted 27 shots (2-1) for Germany.
Germany finished the group game against Japan on Thursday evening (2-1). The winner meets the loser between the United States and Canada, and the winner plays the loser between the United States and Canada.
In the first group, Petra Nieminen scored two goals in Finland’s 4–0 win over Russia. Susanna Tabani and Janina Nylund also met, and Annie Kesla made 13 esports.
Finland will play Switzerland (0-3) for third place in the group on Thursday (1-2). Russia finished the preliminary round 1-3.
Hungary beat Denmark 5–1 in the last game and finished fourth in Group B in their first appearance.
Alexandra Joy and Fani Gasparex scored two goals (1-3) for Hungary. Kinga Jokai-Silage also scored a goal and Aniko Nemeth scored 10 goals.
Josefine Jacobsen scored (0-4) for the Denmark national team.
Canada captain Marie-Philippe Bolin will miss the show against the United States on Tuesday after saving a blow to the chest against Switzerland.
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