1. Alina Muller, C (SUI): On the first goal of the game, Muller dragged, delayed, faked, then fed a perfect pass to Lara Stalder who buried a one-timer. It showed incredible control, and showcased the immense playmaking skills that Muller possesses. Later, she dropped to a knee in the slot adding extra leverage to her shot to bury a 2-0 marker. Offensively, Muller stacks up with the best in the world, and she showed it in Switzerland’s win over Japan.
2. Lara Stalder, RW (SUI): The combination of Stalder and Alina Muller proved to be too much for the Japanese defense. To open the scoring, Stalder found open ice in the left circle and ripped a one-timer short side. Next, she scooped a loose puck below the goal line, rounded the net and perfectly slid a pass to Muller in the slot who scored to make it 2-0. The duo controlled play whenever they were on the ice, with Stalder showing dominance on the cycle or in possession below the goal line, holding pressure for the Swiss.
3. Adela Sapovalivova, LW (CZE): Coming off a year where Sapovalivova led the Czechian women’s league in goals and then was named a tournament all-star at the U-18 World Championship scoring nine points in five games, things didn’t look like they could get better for the talented forward. When the youngest player in the tournament at just 16 scored a pair of goals against Hungary, however, it marked a new era for Czechia. She will be a centerpiece to the Czechian attack for years.