CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Three of the four women's national teams featuring Minnesota Duluth women's hockey players or alumnae are unbeaten through three days of the IIHF Women's World Championship.
Host Canada has defeated Finland 5-3 and the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee 5-1. Jocelyne Larocque played more minutes than any Canadian in the Finland game on Friday and took a penalty. She did not appear vs. ROC on Saturday. Ashton Bell played on the blue line for Canada in both games. Neither has a point.
Lara Stalder took two penalties for Switzerland in a tournament-opening 3-0 loss to the United States. She also had two shots on goal. Stalder had an assist in Switzerland's second game, a 2-1 loss to ROC, and played more than 20 minutes.
In Group B, Katerina Mrazova had an assist and four penalty minutes as the Czech Republic topped Denmark 6-1 in both teams' openers. Mrazova did not record a point as the Czechs got to 2-0 with a 4-2 win Sunday over Hungary. She added a late goal as the Czechs blanked Japan 4-0 late on Monday to take the lead in the group.
Germany is 2-0 in Group B after 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Hungary and Denmark, respectively. Jenny Harss had made 40 of 41 saves over the two games, only losing her shutout streak late in the Monday night game vs. the Danes. Nina Jobst-Smith had an assist for Germany in the Hungary win.
Team USA is also 2-0, following up the Switzerland win with a 3-0 decision over Finland on Sunday.
All five teams in Group A and the top three teams in Group B will contest the quarterfinals. All group games are being played behind closed doors at the Calgary Olympic Park.