GAME NOTES: Canada vs. Germany (August 28)
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With a perfect preliminary round in the rearview mirror, it’s on to the
playoff round at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship for
Canada’s National Women’s Team. Up first? A quarterfinal date with Germany.
Canada capped off the prelims with
a convincing 5-1 win over the United States on Thursday night, ending its rivals’ 29-game winning streak at the
tournament and going unbeaten in the round robin for the first time since
2013. Jamie Lee Rattray paced the offence with two goals, Brianne Jenner
set up three and Melodie Daoust added a goal and an assist in the win. The
Canadians led 5-0 midway through the second period as it earned its largest
margin of victory against the U.S. since Oct. 25, 2017.
Germany stumbled in its prelim finale, dropping a narrow 2-1 decision to
Japan on Thursday. Kerstin Spielberger scored in the first period and the
Germans held the Japanese to just three shots into the early minutes of the
second, but Japan got two in the final eight minutes of the middle frame to
leave the Europeans third in Group B.
The teams met at this same stage at the last women’s worlds, in 2019.
Canada got a pair of goals from Blayre Turnbull and pepped German
goaltender Jennifer Harss with 66 shots
in a 5-0 quarterfinal win. Emerance Maschmeyer needed to make just nine saves for the shutout.
WHAT TO WATCH
The Canadians are riding a wave of momentum after their big win over the
Americans to close out the preliminary round. They got contributions from
up and down the lineup in the prelims, with 13 different players supplying
the 20 goals and 17 picking up at least a point. If there was one pain
point, it was the power play – Canada joined Switzerland as the only teams
not to record a goal with the man advantage in the opening round, going
0-for-14 in four games.
Germany saw its offence dry up after opening with wins over Hungary and
Denmark, scoring a single goal across losses to the Czech Republic and
Japan. On the bright side? Veteran goaltender Jennifer Harss owns the
tournament’s best save percentage (.952) in her three starts, and the Germans
have been perfect on the penalty kill, going 12-for-12 in the prelims.
A LOOK BACK
Quite simply, Canada has owned the head-to-head history, winning all seven
meetings with Germany and averaging more than 10 goals a game while
allowing a grand total of zero.
The list includes a game against West Germany at the 1990 women’s worlds,
where Laura Schuler and Susana Yuen scored four goals apiece in a 17-0 win,
an 8-0 win at the 2007 tournament in Winnipeg that included the only women’s worlds hat trick in the Hall of
Fame career of Hayley Wickenheiser.
All-time record: Canada leads 7-0
Canada goals: 71
Germany goals: 0