Italy won the bronze medal by edging out Greece in the match for the 3rd place – 9:8. This is the Italy’s first medal at the Women’ World Junior Championships in history.
World Women’s U20 Championships, Day 7
Netherlands – Russia 5:11 (3:5, 0:2, 2:2, 0:2)
After an opening 1:1, the Russians rushed to a 5:1 lead deep into the first period. The Netherlands reduced the gap in the finish of the quarter (3:5). After that, Russia kept the Dutch scoreless for almost 14 minutes, while it increased the advantage to four goals (7:3).
Rogge broke the silence of the Dutch team with a goal for 4:7 in the third quarter. Before the last period, Russia built a new 4-goal lead (9:5). The Russians opened the fourth period with a nice action goal for a 10:5 advantage. Russia was too strong for all rivals at the championships in Funchal.
Bronze medal match
Italy – Greece 9:8 (4:1, 2:2, 2:3, 1:2)
Italy scored first three goals in the match and even had a 4-goal lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter (6:2), but the Italians didn’t secure a win until the last buzzer. After a bad start, Greece started climbing back and cut the deficit to 1 in the opening minutes of the third quarter (5:6). Italy built a new 3-goal advantage (8:6). Still, Greece didn’t surrender and fought hard until the end. However, Italy kept the led and clinched the bronze with a minimal 9:8 win. The last chance for Greece to equalize was an extra player attack in the last 30 seconds, but they didn’t find the net.
USA – Spain 9:10 (0:0, 4:3, 2:3, 3:4)
After a scoreless first period, team USA took a two-goal lead in the second quarter (2:0, 3:1, 4:2). After the 3-minute break, Spain levelled the score for the first time (4:4), while they went ahead at the beginning of the last quarter (7:6). The Americans equalized soon after that (7:7), but the Spaniards netted two goals in a span of 48 seconds to went 9:7 up three minutes from the end. They entered the last minute with a 10:8 advantage. The Americans’ consolation goal came too late – 17 seconds before the end.
Classification 7th – 8th
China – Hungary 7:12 (0:4, 2:3, 2:1, 3:4)
Hungary took a flying start and quickly earned a 4:0 advantage. At halftime, the gap was 5 goals (7:2). The second half was balanced, so the Hungarians kept the big advantage to win the 7th place.
12 South Africa
14 New Zealand