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Czechs take 5th

Czechs take 5th

Finns finish 6th after 3-1 loss

Published 14.01.2016 14:04 GMT-5 | Author Andrew Podnieks
Czechs take 5th
ST. CATHARINES, CANADA - JANUARY 14: Kamila Smetkova #16 of the Czech Republic celebrates after scoring a first period goal against Finland's Johanna Oksman #1 while Martina Zednikova #7 looks on during placement round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The Czech Republic finished in 5th place today after defeating Finland, 3-1, in the placement game.

Perhaps inspired by the entire team’s trip to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night to see the Leafs play the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Czechs played determined hockey under difficult circumstances.

They had advanced to the bronze-medal game a year ago, but weren’t able to make it as far, despite having 16 returnees. Nevertheless, the team finished on a high note and will be ready for a strong tournament at the 2017 WW18 in the top division.

The Finns finished 5th four years in a row prior to this 6th-place ending in 2016.

Kamila Smetkova scored in each of the first two periods to key the win. Her first came midway through the opening period on a power play, and her second came late in the second with teams playing five a side.

Adela Juzkova added a goal in the third, and although Sofia Sahlstrom added a late goal for Finland, it was too little, too late.


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