Sweden will be Finland’s opponent in the final of the WU19 WFC, after winning 9-5 against Switzerland.
As physically as mentally tough match between Sweden and Switzerland, Sweden was stronger this time. Swedish fans didn’t let their team down in IFU Arena.
After losing against Czech Republic in the group stage, Sweden was extremely motivated for getting into the final. From the beginning it seemed like there was no other option for the Swedish team than winning this match.
– This was definitely our best game in the tournament. We followed our game plan from the first until the last second, says Swedish center Vilma de Gysser.
Sweden started with full pressing and its result was a Swiss mistake that led to a penalty goal for the Swedish side. While playing boxplay Sweden increased their advantage with an extraordinary goal. First period’s end result was 2-0 for Sweden.
After the first break it seemed like Switzerland lost control over the match for a short time. After scoring a powerplay goal, Swedish player Maja Ekström made another step towards the final by shooting an amazing backhand goal. Even though the Swiss team scored a beautiful goal after a Swedish mistake, Sweden still didn’t let the match out of its hands. Second period ended with Sweden leading 7-2.
– Sometimes it was a bit too easy to score against us, says Swiss MVP Selma Bergmann.
In the last period Switzerland changed tactic and took the goalie of the field with that playing 6 against 5. Although they’ve scored and never gave up, the Swedish team was just way ahead of them. After scoring two more goals the Swedish team built up its way to the final. The match’s end result was 9-5 for Sweden.
Now Finland awaits in the final.
– It´s going to be a tough and tight game. But if we play like we did today we have a good chance to win the gold medal, says de Gysser.
MVP Sweden: Vilma De Gysser
MVP Switzerland: Selma Bergmann