VANCOUVER – Fifth place in the 2010 Olympic women’s hockey tournament went to Switzerland after they topped Russia in a shootout, 2-1.
It seemed only fitting that the two nations met in the fifth place game. Both have one win thus far at the Olympics and are ranked fifth and sixth in the IIHF World Ranking. Today was proof that the countries are on par with each other on the ice, as the game was balanced in virtually every aspect until Stefanie Marty put in the winning goal in the shootout for Switzerland.
Tatiana Burina gave the sixth-ranked Russians a slim edge in the first period, beating young Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling on the power play midway through the stanza. The goal stood as the lone marker until Switzerland tied the game when Marty put in a rebound with just under five minutes left in the second period. It was Marty’s team-leading eighth goal of the Olympics.
The 1-1 tie stood through the end of regulation and an injury-plagued overtime, setting up Marty’s shootout heroics.
In Turin, Russia finished in sixth place, while the Swiss were seventh, so both nations should be pleased with the improvement at the Vancouver Games.