CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Dominika Laskova scored twice and the Czech Republic beat Germany 2-0 on Wednesday night in the women’s world hockey championship to win Group B and avoid having to face the United States or Canada in the quarterfinals.
All five teams in Group A — with the five-time defending champion United States (3-0) and Canada (3-0) set to play for the pool title Thursday night — and the top three in Group B will advance to the quarterfinals.
Klara Peslarova made 12 saves to help the Czech Republic finish 4-0 in group play.
Laskova tied teammate Alena Mills for the tournament goal lead with four. Laskova opened the scoring at 4:28 of the second period and struck again at 9:09 of the third.