FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/11/2023
CONTACT: Jon Lundin, Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Head of Communications & Media ([email protected]) Tel: 518-637-6885
POTSDAM, N.Y.— The Czech Republic controlled all 60 minutes of play in their Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games women’s ice hockey debut, where forward Barbora Patockova scored four goals in a 13–0 victory over FISU veterans Great Britain at Maxcy Ice Arena.
“Anytime we can do anything as a women’s team, it’s amazing,” said forward Kristyna Kosinova. “This is just another step for women’s hockey in the Czech Republic, I’m really proud I can be here and hopefully more girls can come after this team here.”
This was the first time a women’s ice hockey team from the Czech Republic has ever competed in the FISU World University Games, and they made their presence known right off the bat. The Czechs dominated play from the opening face-off with British goaltender Ella Howard having to work hard to keep her team in the game from early on, making 19 saves in the opening period. The Czech Republic took the game with them during the second period, beating Great Britain by a score of 8-0 and out shooting them 41-2 after 40 minutes of play. The Czech Republic’s skill came from all over the lineup with six different players scoring, including three multi-goal games. The Czechs controlled a fast-paced, skilled style of play throughout the game, keeping Great Britain on defense for most of the game. They played as a unit, with great communication and flow on the ice.
“I don’t want to talk about the individual players, because we are here as the Czech Republic. We want to play as one player, one guy, one ice,” said Coach Jakub Peslar.
Great Britain struggled to maintain puck possession against a strong, skilled Czech Republic team. The Czech Republic looks to ride their momentum into their next game on Friday as they take on the United States. The U.S. and Japan face off tomorrow, January 12th at 13:00 at Maxcy Ice Arena.
The FISU World University Games is the world’s largest multi-sporting event for collegiate-athletes, ages 17-25. The Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games feature 1,443 collegiate-athletes from more than 540 universities, across 46 countries. The competition consists of 12 winter sports and 85 medal events contested throughout Canton, Potsdam, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington and North Creek.
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