VANCOUVER – In the battle between the two winless teams at the Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament, it was China coming away with the silver lining finish after earning a 3-1 win against Slovakia. The win gives the Chinese the seventh-place finish, while the Slovaks must settle for last place in the eight-team field.7th-place game: China vs. Slovakia 3-1 (0-1, 1-0, 2-0) Photos
It was one of the few low scoring games of the women’s tournament with the teams having only two combined goals heading into the third period. Slovakia netted the 1-0 lead midway through the first when Petra Pravlikova scored. With just over two minutes left in the second period, Linuo Wang evened things up.
China broke the game open in the third period with a pair of goals that sealed the win. Rui Sun scored 5:04 into action, while Wang delivered the final dagger six minutes later.
Despite today’s loss, Olympics must be considered a success for the budding women’s hockey team of Slovakia. The 17th-ranked squad has never played in the top division of the World Women’s Championship and still held its own against the top hockey nations here in Vancouver.
The next challenge will come for the Slovaks when they join the top division of the women’s worlds in 2011.