Sweden edges Slovakia with penalty shootout in Ice Hockey at YOG

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LAUSANNE, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Sweden edged underdog Slovakia with a thrilling victory by penalty shootout in the opening day of ice hockey women's 6-Team at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games here on Friday.

Slovakia shocked the title contender, who have never lost a YOG game in regulation time, as captain Barbora Kapicakova scored with barely a minute on the clock. Belkova Tereza extended the lead to 2-0 by a power-play goal two minutes later.

Klara Kentalla broke the ice for Sweden with 32 seconds left in the first period before Beatrice Hjalm tied it 2-2 from Ida Karlsson's assist on the power play.

Slovakia's goalkeeper Laura Medvidova made a series great save to push the champs all the way to penalty shootout, but Sweden's captain Nicole Hall scores twice including a sudden-death goal to complete the comeback.

Another match between Switzerland and the Czech Republic also went to a penalty shootout after a 0-0 in regulation time. Jade Surdez scored game winning goal for the host. Enditem

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