LMHC Laren beat Dinamo Elektrostal in a thrilling final here in Hamburg.
Final: LMHC Laren 3–1 Dinamo Elektrostal
The Russian Champions Elektrostal got the perfect start in this final, with Makeeva scoring straight down the middle from a PC in the first five minutes. The game was end-to-end, neither team finding a route through to score. The 9th minute saw Cheplygina with a lovely skill driving forward to win a pc, which her team failed to convert. The equaliser came in the 12th minute with a brilliant counter from Laren, with Van Wijk winning possession, breaking forward, and Kerstholt slotting home. It was tournament top-scorer Kerstholt again with the next, a superb solo effort in the 17th minute, stealing possession, evading three and beating the goalie.
Electrostal were straight on the offensive in the second half seeking to equalise, with Eroshina in particular looking dangerous and showing some incredible skill. The Russians kept up the pressure but the Dutch kept their cool and defended well, and both teams traded attacks. A 32nd minute shot from Sanina found the glove of Adank, culminating in Kerstholt on the break. She drove forward, buoyed by a huge roar from the large Dutch contingent in the hall and finished coolly to get her hattrick and stretch her team’s lead. The final five minutes were intense and fast but the Dutch held out and were crowned deserved champions.
3/4 Playoff: Der Club an der Alster 7–0 Club Campo de Madrid
Der Club an der Alster stormed to the lead in this 3/4 playoff, and the Spanish never really found a foothold in the game, Campo continually finding themselves defending and struggling to push forward. Captain Viktoria Huse opened the scoring with a penalty stroke in the 4th minute. The Spanish response was turned over and Alster countered quickly with a pass to Valentin who turned and finished well to put them two up. The German club began to run away with it, Wolbers getting on the scoresheet, Huse again aminute later, then a 13th minute steal and finish from Hanna Valentin closed the scoring in the first half. Alster led at the break, 6-0.
The pace dropped in the second half, with Alster coasting comfortably on a six-goal cushion. They kept the pressure on however, with the Spanish barely managing to gain possession. Huse slotted another pc into the bottom corner in the 29th minute. Campo’s strongest period started with a saved penalty stroke by Ruiz Castillo, and the Spanish upped the ante but failed to capitalise on their forward runs. Ruiz Castillo pulled off another good block with less than a minute left on the clock, with her German counterpart Heitmann making a save seconds later to deny a consolation goal to the Spanish.
A well-deserved result for the much stronger team on the day, and the host club go out on a high.
Match 17: MSC Sumchanka 3 -2 Waterloo Ducks HC
Sumchanka took an early lead with Ponomarenko slotting home in the opening 5 minutes, the only score of the first half. Within a minute of the restart, the lead was doubled by Shokalenko and Sumchamka had control of the game. The Ukrainians pulled out their goalie, and they were swiftly punished by the Belgians who turned over possession and a making it a simple job for De Mot to tap in. Ten minutes later the teams were level as a long ball was well finished by Gose. With 5 minutes left on the clock, Ponomarenko fired a pc into the top corner to ensure the survival of the Ukrainians in this division.
Match 18: HC Rotweiss Wettingen 2 –3 GHC Ritm Grodno
It was 14 minutes before the deadlock was broken, due to a good flick by Belavusava for Grodno. Both teams would rue near misses, several shots hitting the posts in first half. Not long after the restart, Wenz for Wettingen knocked a rebound over the keeper to level it. The game intensified, and five minutes before the end the teams traded scores- Grodno pulling ahead and then Wälti levelling it for Wettingen. The match culminated in Grodno scoring through Mazyrka with seconds remaining on the clock, to relegate the Swiss for 2020.
FINAL RANKING POOL C:
Switzerland and Belgium are relegated to the Trophy Division in 2020.
|1||MSC Sumchanka (UKR)||3||2||1||0||2||12|
|2||GHC Ritm Grodno (BLR)||3||2||0||1||1||11|
|3||HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)||3||1||1||1||0||8|
|4||Waterloo Ducks HC (BEL)||3||0||0||3||-3||3|
|LMHC Laren (NED)||1|
|Dinamo Elektrostal (RUS)||2|
|Der Club an der Alster (GER)||3|
|Club Campo de Madrid (ESP)||4|
|MSC Sumchanka (UKR)||5|
|GHC Ritm Grodno (BLR)||6|
|HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)||7|
|Waterloo Ducks HC (BEL)||8|
All photographs: World Sport Pics, Koen Suyk (C)
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