Zug, 16.04.2024

EVZ duo helps Switzerland stay in the A group

The Swiss women's national team remains in the A group at the 2024 Ice Hockey Women's World Championships in Utica, USA.

The team, coached by EVZ legend Colin Muller, had its back to the wall after five defeats. But they then won the decisive game against Germany on 13 April by 3:2 after extra time. Star striker Alina Müller, who plays in the North American professional league, scored the decisive goal.

Players from the EVZ women’s team played a major role in ensuring the team's survival in the top flight. Thanks to her dribbling, Lara Stalder was involved in Alina Müller's 1:0 goal (3rd minute). And she then scored the goal to 2:1 (33') herself, after some remarkable preparatory work by her Zug teammate Ivana Wey: the 18-year-old World Cup debutant won the puck at the halfway line and then left three Germans standing along the line before feeding Lara Stalder in the slot. A remarkable fact: Ivana Wey was the only Swiss player with a plus score.

Ivana Wey (left) and Lara Stalder from EV Zug      Photos: zvg

Numerous Zug players at the World Championships
In addition to Ivana Wey and Lara Stalder, three other EVZ players were in the squad: defender Annic Büchi and forwards Noemi Ryhner and Naemi Herzig. This was also their first participation in an A World Championship for Annic Büchi and Naemi Herzig. Rahel Enzler, from Unterägeri, was also in the squad.

The World Championship gold medal went to Canada, who beat the USA in the final 6-5 in extra time. The bronze medal went to Finland, who beat Czechia 3:2. Switzerland ended up in 5th place, having lost to Finland 3:1 in the quarter-finals.

The men's U18 World Championships are now just around the corner (from 25 April in Finland). The EVZ, which recently won the Swiss U20 Elite Championship title, has six participants: goalie Christian Kirsch, defencemen Mischa Geisser, Ludvig Johnson and Leon Muggli, and forwards Robin Antenen and Loris Wey.