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Czech out this upset!

Czech out this upset!

Vanisova scores twice in second Czech win ever

Published 29.03.2016 22:55 GMT-7 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Czech out this upset!
KAMLOOPS, BC - MARCH 29: Czech Republic's Tereza Vanisova #21 scores a second period goal against Switzerland's Florence Schelling #41 during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Tereza Vanisova stepped up to give the Czechs a 2-0 second-period lead, and the newly promoted squad held on to upset Switzerland 3-1 on Day Two in Kamloops.

It was just the second Czech win in Women's Worlds history, and has to be considered a true shocker, coming against the 2014 Olympic bronze medalists.

The first Czech win ever was a 3-2 decision over Sweden at the 2013 Women’s Worlds in Ottawa. The Czechs came close to beating Sweden in their tournament opener here in Kamloops, but allowed a goal with eight seconds left and lost 3-2.

After surviving two Swiss power plays in the scoreless first period at McArthur Island Centre, the Czechs went on the attack early in the second period.

Vanisova shocked the Swiss faithful with her two quick goals, first on the power play at 1:53, and then unassisted at even strength at 3:11.

Vanisova, a 20-year-old Strakonice native, played for the HTI Stars in Mulmur, Ontario, this season and will suit up for the University of Maine in the fall. She had just one assist in her 2013 Women’s Worlds debut.

In a small reversal of fortune, Vanisova was serving an interference minor when Swiss prodigy Alina Muller cut the deficit to 2-1 at 7:50 of the middle frame.

But Samantha Kolowratova provided some crucial third-period insurance when she beat goalie Florence Schelling on the power play with 5:35 remaining to give the Czechs a 3-1 lead. It was pure ecstasy for coach Jiri Vozak's team, and heartbreak for the surprised Swiss.

Czech goalie Klara Peslarova earned the win as the Swiss outshot the Czechs 23-17.

The result spoiled Nicole Bullo’s 200th game in a Swiss national team uniform. The veteran bueliner was in the penalty box for Vanisova’s opening goal.

The Swiss will round out their preliminary round slate against Sweden on Thursday. The Czechs battle Japan earlier that day.

"It is now important to focus on the next game against Sweden," said Swiss coach Daniela Diaz. "Nothing is lost in the group stage and we are looking forward in a positive manner."


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