ESPOO, Finland – Canada’s National Women’s Team has claimed its 19th medal in as many tries at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, blanking Russia 7-0 in the bronze medal game Sunday.
Loren Gabel (Kitchener, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) scored a pair of goals to pace a balanced offence; seven different players recorded multi-point games, and 11 put their names on the scoresheet.
Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.), Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.), Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.) had a goal and an assist each, while Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.) and Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) contributed two helpers apiece.
Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont.) made six saves to record the shutout.
Full game stats and story are available here on the Hockey Canada website.
“I think we did lots of good things, and for us to dominate the game - I don’t think they had a shot on goal in the second period – it means we stuck to the things we’ve been trying to do,” said head coach Perry Pearn (Stettler, Alta.). “We might not have been as good as we could have been, but we saw some really good things.”
Canada finished the preliminary round with a 3-0-0-1 record, defeating Switzerland (6-0), Russia (5-1) and Finland (6-1) and falling to the United States (3-2). It beat Germany 5-0 in the quarter-finals before a 4-2 semifinal loss to Finland.
“We said that it wasn’t going to be an easy game after the disappointment of yesterday, but holding each other accountable is something we’ve said since the beginning,” said Ambrose. “If we were going to be successful that started with us and I think we did that.”
“This is one of the tightest Team Canadas I’ve ever been part of and I’m really happy we were able to stand on that line and hear our anthem. Again, not the colour we wanted, but it’s still a proud moment to hear your anthem at the end of the day.”
“I think it’s going to be a tough one for us to get over, but we have to look in the mirror to see how we can be better,” said Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.). “That’s something we did after PyeongChang – we started to play better hockey and we’re just going to have to do it again.”
Canada’s National Women’s Team has won 10 gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012), eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and one bronze (2019) since the first IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990.
TEAM CANADA RETURN FLIGHT INTINERARY INFORMATION:
Players and staff will return to their final destinations on Monday, April 15. See below for specific flight itineraries for players and staff. Any player not listed is returning at a later date or driving to their final destination. Information is listed alphabetically by city. Flight information may change without notice; please note that all arrival times are LOCAL time.
April 15, 2019
Calgary, Alta. / AC147 / 6:58 p.m.
Brianne Jenner, Gina Kingsbury (director, women’s national teams)
Edmonton, Alta. / AC169 / 4:53 p.m.
Perry Pearn (head coach), Shannon Szabados
Halifax, N.S. / AC612 / 5:35 p.m.
Madison, WI / UA5380 / 4:38 p.m.
Montreal, Que. / AC414 / 3:15 p.m.
Erin Ambrose, Ann-Sophie Bettez, Melodie Daoust, Geneviève Lacasse, Emerance Maschmeyer
Ottawa, Ont. / AC454 / 2:10 p.m.
Toronto, Ont. / AC873 / 11:40 a.m.
Jaime Bourbonnais, Matt Desrosiers (assistant coach), Laura Fortino, Rebecca Johnston, Jocelyn Larocque, Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin, Troy Ryan (assistant coach), Laura Stacey, Micah Zandee-Hart
Vancouver, B.C. / AC115 / 4:03 p.m.
Pasco Valana (goaltending coach)
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