HARBIN, CHINA – Canada’s National Women’s Team will attempt to win its second-straight gold medal at the IIHF World Women’s Championship on Saturday versus Team USA, a game that will be shown live on TSN/RDS (7 a.m. ET, 4 a.m. PST).
Canada concluded play in the qualifying round on Thursday with a 4-2 loss to Team USA. Jayna Hefford (Kingston, ON/Brampton, CWHL) and Kelly Bechard (Sedley, SK/Calgary, WWHL) scored for Canada in the first period. But Team USA scored to tie the game in the second and took the lead in the third, before finishing the scoring with an empty-net goal.
On Wednesday, Canada defeated Finland 4-2 and in the other qualifying round game, Finland downed USA 1-0 in overtime. The IIHF follows the three-point system, with three points awarded for a win in regulation, two points for an overtime or shootout win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.
Canada finished second in the qualifying round with three points.
The bronze medal game, also to be played on Saturday, will feature Finland and Switzerland, which had to finish first in its qualifying round pool to earn a berth in the third-place game. Switzerland beat Russia 2-1 on Thursday to clinch its first-ever berth in a bronze medal game at the IIHF World Women’s Championship.