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Nylund's pair propels Finns

Nylund's pair propels Finns

Finns strike early, cruise to 3-1 win over Swiss

Published 08.01.2017 19:54 GMT+1 | Author Derek O'Brien
Nylund's pair propels Finns
PREROV, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 07: Finland's Jenniina Nylund #16 and Switzerland's Jessica Schlegel #21 battle for the puck at the face-off during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Led by the line of Jenniina Nylund, Linnea Melotindos and Emilia Vesa, Finland dominated the first period and built up a 2-0 lead, then beat Switzerland 3-1.

All three of the linemates finished the game with two points. Centre Nylund led the attack, scoring both first-period goals on brilliant individual efforts.

“We played very well together,” Nylund said about her line after the game.

Nylund's first goal was amazing. Back to retrieve the puck on the power play, she started from her own zone and beat three Swiss penalty killers by herself – moving left, right, and left again before cutting in front and backhanding the puck into the roof of the net.

“I got the puck and was able to build up good speed through the neutral zone,” 17-year-old Nylund described. “I was able to catch a couple of their players turning the wrong way, I guess, then I was able to finish the play.”

Her second goal came inside the last two minutes of the opening period when she beat a defender to a loose puck in the Swiss zone, skated into the middle of the slot and beat Saskia Maurer with a wrister to the stick side.

“I was a little bit lucky on that one,” Nylund confessed. “The puck just sort of came to me out of nowhere and I had time to get a good shot on net.”

The teams traded goals in the second period.

First the Swiss got on the board in the 25th minute on a strange play where Finnish goalie Jenna Silvonen stopped the shot from Rahel Enzler, but with the rebound sitting in front of her, Lara Zimmerman tried to poke at the puck. Instead, she hit the blade of Silvonen's goal stick, which propelled the puck into the net.

The Finns restored their two-goal lead two and a half minutes later, however. Melotindos fed the puck from below the goal line out front to Vesa, who one-timed it in.

“They have a very good power play,” Maurer said about Finland. “That was the most difficult part. Especially in the third period.”

As many shots they had on the power play, Finland only scored once on four chances. In the third period the Finns fired 16 shots at Maurer, but the Swiss keeper kept them all out. In the game she stopped 39 of 42 shots. 

Maurer's goaltending kept the Swiss in the game, but they couldn't generate enough offence to get any closer, registering only 17 shots all game on Silvonen.

“It's too bad we lost, but making lots of saves gives me confidence for the next game,” Mauer continued.

For the Swiss, their next game will be against the host Czechs, with another loud and boisterous crowd expected. Finland will go for their second straight win against Japan.


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