Video by Puck Yeah / Report by Paul Harrison
The New Zealand Ice Fernz fought back from a 1-nil deficit to beat Turkey overnight at the IIHF Division 2B World Championship in Brasov, Romania.
The Ice Fernz exerted early pressure and were unlucky to concede an early goal against the run of play. Maintaining their composure, the New Zealand side were rewarded at the start of the second period when a loose puck was collected by Jasmine Horner-Pascoe, who circled around behind the goal and found an unmarked Hannah Shields, who slotted it home.
The Ice Fernz then scored their second goal when Jasmine Horner-Pascoe made full use of the open ice from 4-on-4, driving the puck end-to-end with a highlight reel effort reminiscent of the previous game against Iceland.
The Ice Fernz went further ahead 90 seconds later when Hannah Shields picked up a pass and put the shot on goal. It was initially thought that Turkish goalie had secured the puck in her catcher, but the goal judge deemed her catcher had crossed the line and awarded the goal.
A fourth goal followed soon after when Reagyn Shattock found the back of the net for her first-ever IIHF goal. She was also accredited with an assist on the previous score.
Turkey rallied in the final period and scored a consolation goal but were unable to mount a comeback.
With the 4-2 victory, New Zealand move up in the tournament standings to second place, 3 points behind Chinese Taipei, putting them in serious medal contention with just two games remaining.
At the request of the Turkish team, the start of tonight’s game was delayed so that both teams could join on the ice to pay their respects to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
The New Zealand Ice Fernz will next face off against tournament hosts Romania (Saturday, 6am NZ Time) in what promises to be an exciting game. With a boisterous Romanian crowd expected to be in attendance, the game is sure to be played with intensity and passion.