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Strong start for Swiss women

Switzerland's women's ice hockey team have made a convincing start to their campaign at the world B championships in Briancon.

The Swiss won their opening match against Latvia 4-0 to boost hopes of a swift return to the international A group. After an early goal from Prisca Mosimann, the team took full control in the second period.

Two quick strikes in succession from Monika Leuenberger and Sandra Cattaneo brought the score to 3-0. Kathrin Lehmann, who is also goalkeeper for the women's national football team, then grabbed the final goal of the match on a powerplay.

Goalie Riitta Schäublin looked an impressive stand-in for the absent Patricia Sautter, achieving her first shutout for the national side, despite some strong pressure from the Latvian forwards.

A win over the Czech Republic on Thursday would now almost guarantee Switzerland a place in the tournament's final and a shot at the single promotion spot. The Czech team were also in formidable form on Tuesday, however, beating a heavily favoured Norwegian side 5-0.

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