Tereza Vanisova, the leading all-time scorer for the University of Maine women’s hockey team, scored a pair of goals for the Czech Republic to lead them to a 3-1 win over Sweden on Saturday in the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
That moves the Czechs one step closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals.
The Czechs opened with a 3-1 victory over China so a win in one of their last two games against Denmark or Japan will send them through to the quarterfinals.
The Danes, featuring former UMaine forward Michelle Weis and current Black Bear forward Amalie Andersen, are 0-2 while Japan is 2-0-1 with a shootout loss to China (1-1-1).
Denmark has lost to China (3-1) and Japan (6-2).
Vanisova, who had 129 points (63 goals, 66 assists) in 129 games at UMaine, picked up an assist in the victory over China.
She is among the team leaders in ice time through the first two games with 19 minutes and 6 seconds logged against China and 18:44 against Sweden. She has four shots on goal.
Against the Swedes, Vanisova staked the Czechs to a 1-0 lead in the first period and scored the clinching goal with six minutes left in the third period.
Her former UMaine teammate, Vendula Pribylova, has yet to register a goal or an assist for the Czech Republic but she has eight shots on goal. She saw 14:19 of ice time against China and 17:30 against Sweden.
Weis had an assist against the Japanese but didn’t dent the scoresheet against China. She played 22:34 against China and 19:12 vs. Japan and has four shots on goal. Andersen has yet to notch a point and has recorded two shots while playing 20:10 against China and 18:49 vs. Japan.
Current UMaine winger Rahel Enzler has played in Switzerland’s 12-1 loss to Canada, 5-2 setback to the Russian Olympic Committee and 8-0 loss to the United States, averaging eight minutes of ice time per game. She has one shot on goal and is scoreless.
The teams in Group A, the United States, Canada, ROC, Finland and Switzerland, all automatically qualify for the quarterfinals as the top five seeds and they will be joined by the top three finishers in Group B, which is comprised of Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan and China.
The winner of Group B will be the sixth seed for the quarterfinals which means it won’t have to play the likely top two seeds in A: defending gold medalist the United States and 2018 runneruip Canada.