Australia barely avoided relegation twelve months ago, but on Sunday the team using the kangaroo upon the jersey won the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B which was a held in Jaca in northern Spain.
Because of the win the Australians will certainly be back in the Division II Group A while using nations ranked 21st-26th, the range the ladies from Down Under happen to be playing from their own first participation in 2001 until 2014 when they were relegated.
The Australians took over primary place from Spain on Day 4 after winning 4-1 against the host nation. This after a nasty start straight into the tournament having a 2-1 loss in shootout against Mexico despite a 46-13 shot-on-goal advantage. Australia continued having a 12-0 blanking of Turkey and also a 12-1 against New Zealand. In the tournament Australia was ranked better than their neighbouring country for the first time in since 2013.
In front of 1, 600 spectators Spain had the higher start in the game that eventually decided the tournament as Ainhoa Merino opened the scoring against Australia after six minutes of play but goals from Kate Tihema nine minutes later and from Shona Powell with 42 seconds left gave Australia command before the first intermission.
Australia dominated the overall game and had 38-16 shots on goal. Following a scoreless middle frame Alivia del Basso caused it to be 3-1 early in the third period and Tihema scored her second goal straight into the empty net with 106 seconds left in regulation time.
The Australians still needed another win on the final day again Iceland to defend first place. Although goals from del Basso and Sari Lehmann built a two-goal cushion, the overall game remained tight. Flosrun Johannesdottir cut command one minute later so when inside the third period Sharna Godfrey scored Australia’s third goal, Johannesdottir reacted together with her second marker with 110 seconds left in the game. Iceland pulled the goalie but Australia’s 3-2 lead remained.
Spain experienced a flawless tournament till the loss to Australia and had to settle for silver with 12 points, one lower than the team from Down Under. With the silver medal the Spaniards tied their best-ever placing additionally they reached in 2012 and 2013, agen bola terpercaya.
Iceland suffered two 3-2 losses to each Australia and Spain but won other three games to earn the bronze medals before Mexico and New Zealand.
Turkey, that was promoted towards the Division II Group B once winning the qualification tournament last year, lost all games and can be relegated. New Zealand had its only win against the Turks, a 7-4 decision with hat tricks by Anjali Thakker to the New Zealanders by Seda Demir for Turkey.
Australia’s Alivia del Basso led the tournament in goal scoring with eight markers and in scoring with 19 points before New Zealand’s Anjali Thakker (7+3=10 ) and Iceland’s Flosrun Johannesdottir (6+3=9 ) and was named Best Forward of the tournament. Two other personal awards visited players direct from host nation as Alba Gonzalo was named Best Goaltender and Vanesa Abrisqueta Best Defenceman.