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WRG2017 Inline Hockey: France won gold in Senior Men. Usa in Senior Women

  • News: Inline Hockey
  • Date: Saturday, 09 September 2017

For the first time ever, France is the world champion in Senior Men inline hockey. For the third time, Italy misses the last step and takes the silver medal. It was a great game in Nanjing, to end a spectacular tournament: the “Alps rivals” gave to the fans an emotional battle till the final desperate italian assault. France won 3-2: with 4 minutes to play, they scored twice in 31 seconds. That was the key moment. Former champions Czech Republic won the bronze medal (5-0 vs Canada). Usa women won their eighth gold medal: 1-0 vs Spain in the final game. Canada women took bronze (3-1 vs Czech Republic ). Photo Credits Marco Guariglia

SENIOR MEN FINALS

Finally, France. It was a close game since the first shift. Italy had some chances on the first power play, then France took the lead with an accurate wrist shot by Duclos, which beat Facchinetti on blocker side. Italy didn't score even in the second power play. Then France didn't take advantage on the same situation. It was 1-0 France after 20 minutes. France began the second period wasting some scoring chanches and then, in its best moment, got a goal down. Italian Bellini capitalized a steal by Lettera to score from the doorstep. France took the lead again at 35.51, thanks to Albert who took a rebound after a big save by Facchinetti. In the same way 32 seconds later, Lapresa gave the pivotal double advantage to “les Blues”. With the goalie out, Italy found the net on a scramble, thanks to Lettera. It wasn't enough. As Jerome Sulley, french back-up goalie, said: “France is the champion both in Junior and Senior. That really means something. I don't know if our program is the best in the world, but we are working hard in the right way for sure. Congrats to Italy too: they are always a tough rival”.

Before the final for gold, Czech Rep. and Canada took the rink for bronze. And this time the Czechs didn't fail. They scored two early goals and then they easily controlled the third place game. As usual, they have showed awesome skills, especially on power play (two goals). It was Fiala on empty net to close the score. After a couple of golden season the Czechs took the third place. With some regrets: “For sure – said Patrik Sebek – but I have to admit that yesterday we weren't prepared and Italy deserved to win. Today we played our game. We didn't want to give them space to come back, as it happened in the first-phase game”.

SENIOR WOMEN FINALS

World champions again: Usa reach the top for the eighth time in women hockey history. The americans beat Spain 1-0: another close game, another great defensive game by the europeans. The game winning goal came at 30.18 from a shot on the glove side of Alba Sanvicens (what a great goalie she is). It was Kyle Sanders to write her name on history: “It's so hard – she said – to score on them. Finally we did it. What a feeling. It's awesome!”.

Last year gold, this time bronze: Canada still on the podium in Senior Women, beating the Czechs 3-1. North-Americans were trailing 1-0 after the first period, but they have regrouped in the second, winning battles along the boards and doing all the little things right (especially in penalty killing). Canada equalized in the first minute of the second period with a long distance shot by Shirley. Then scored with sniper Baldin, who shot high on the goalie's glove side. Third one was a great team play settled by number 18 Power. Alyssa Baldin said: “We wanted the medal. It was tough but I think we deserved it. We are a great group, we never give up”.
SENIOR MEN FINALS RESULTS (9 SEP.)

(GOLD) Italy – France 2-3 (0-1)
Scorers: 8.07 Duclos (F), 27.28 Bellini (I), 35.51 Albert (Fra), 36.22 Lapresa (F), 38.48 Lettera (I).
Line-ups:
Italy: Facchinetti, Frigo, Vendrame, Pistellato, Munari, Carrer, Barsanti, Bellini, Rossetto, Lettera, Dal Ben, Ustignani, Comencini, Ferrari, Sommadossi, Tombolato.
France: Salley, De Preval, Bouchut, Gabillet, Tijou, Crignier, Albert, Horrut, Duclos, Lapresa, Clement, Ladonne, Langlois, Rage, Hamon, Fontanille.


(BRONZE) Czech Republic – Canada 5-0 (2-0)
Scorers: 3.01 Loskot (Cze), 3.35 Bernad (Cze), 21.54 Fiala (Cze), 30.57 Bernad (Cze), 38.40 Fiala (Cze).
Line-ups:
Czech Republic: Brabec, Gremlica, Cik, Bernad, Sem, Langer, Krudenc, Simo, Sebek, Fiala, Cik, Loskot, Pribyl, Drobny.
Canada: Servos, Cobb, Carr, L'Heureux, Goodfellow, Herder, Vilio, Hammond, Furlong, Mendelsohn, Garb, Corbeil, Virtanen, Oosterveid, Evans, Rhodes.


Placement Pool results (9 sep.)
China – Brazil 3-4
Colombia – Switzerland 1-4
Germany- Japan 5-7
Sweden – Chinese Taipei 8-5
Usa- Argentina 3-1
Latvia – Spain 3-10


SENIOR WOMAN FINALS RESULTS (9 SEP.)

(GOLD) Spain – Usa 0-1 (0-0)
Scorers: 30.18 Sanders (Usa)
Line-ups:
Spain: Sanvicens, Ubierna; Blazquez, Lopez, Munoz, Reventos, Valls, Gutierrez,Iturregui, Beltran, Perez, Sierra
Usa: Rackleff, Blaylock, Yokoyama, Veharanta, Sanders, Kunichika, Weeks, Nicholson, Sinning, Giannino, Pogu, Era, Loyatho, Demint.

(BRONZE) Czech Republic – Canada 1-3 (1-0)
Scorers: 6.45 Kaplanova (Cze), 20.25 Shirley (Can), 30.41 Baldin (Can), 35.28 Power (Can)
Line-ups:
Czech Republic: Nenadalova, Skodova; Kovarova, Cerna, Pipkova, Janconva, Vopravilova, Knotkova, Hajkova, Erbenova, Vonkova, Skodova, Kaplanova, Laskova, Mlynkova
Canada: Fisher, Garb, Bonello, Shirley, Leary, Jarrell, Ludolph, Clarke, Sorbara, Ho, Power, Baldin, Ferguson, Andres, Grigg, Leavens.
Placement 5/6 result (9 sep.)
Italy – New Zealand 2-1

SENIOR MEN FINAL RANKING:

1-France
2-Italy
3-Czech Republic
4-Canada
5-Spain
6-Latvia
7-Switzerland
8-Colombia
9-Usa
10-Argentina
11-Sweden
12- Chinese Taipei
13- Japan
14- Germany
15- Brazil
16- China
17- Korea
18- Macau
19- India
20- Hong Kong

SENIOR WOMEN FINAL RANKING:

1-Usa
2-Spain
3-Canada
4-Czech Republic
5-Italy
6-New Zealand
7-France
8-Australia
9-Argentina
10-China
11-Korea
12-India

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