GAME NOTES: Canada vs. United States (August 31)
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It has been 519 days since the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship was
supposed to begin in Halifax, N.S., and the long journey has finally
reached the end.
Canada’s National Women’s Team faces the United States on Tuesday night in the gold medal game at the 2021
Mélodie Daoust led the way again for Canada in its semifinal, scoring twice
in a 4-0 win over Switzerland. Renata Fast and Rebecca Johnston opened and closed for the scoring for
the Canadians, who peppered the Swiss goal with 65 shots. Ann-Renée
Desbiens earned her first shutout of the tournament with 10 saves.
The Americans got second-period goals from Alex Carpenter and Abbey Murphy
to send them to a 3-0 victory over Finland in their semifinal. Kendall
Coyne Schofield added a goal late to finish the scoring for U.S., which is
into the gold medal game for the 20th time in as many women’s worlds.
The rivals closed out the preliminary round on Thursday night, with the
Canadians jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first period and a
five-goal advantage by the 11-minute mark of the second
en route to a 5-1 win that ended the Americans’ 29-game winning streak at women’s worlds. Jamie
Lee Rattray scored two goals, Brianne Jenner set up three and Ann-Renee
Desbiens made 22 saves to help Canada finish the preliminary round perfect
for the first time since 2013.
WHAT TO WATCH
This Canadian team is deep. Very deep. While Daoust, Natalie Spooner and
Brianne Jenner have led the way (the trio has combined for 29 points in six
games), everyone is contributing; 18 of the 22 skaters have at least a
point and 14 different players have scored goals. The hero can come from
any line or any blue-line pairing, and that can only be a positive with a
gold medal on the line.
The Americans are no slouches in the depth department, either; all 21 of
the skaters that have been in the U.S. lineup have appeared on the
scoresheet, and 13 have goals. Hilary Knight, Lee Stecklein and Grace
Zumwinkle lead the way with six points apiece, and another three (Kendall
Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker and Megan Keller) have five.
And how a general ‘watch this’ – the best women’s hockey players in the
world are back on the big stage, facing off for the 154th time in their
storied rivalry with a world title up for grabs. It doesn’t get any better
A LOOK BACK
This is the 19th time the Canadians and Americans have met for gold at the
IIHF Women’s World Championship, with Canada holding a 10-8 advantage. The
U.S. has won the last five world titles, with Canada’s most recent gold
a 5-4 overtime victory in 2012.
History tells us this will likely go down to the wire; four of the last six
gold medal games between these teams have needed extra time (in
2013 final was a one-goal affair and it was 5-5 after two periods
All-time record: Canada leads 84-67-1 (17-16 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 419
United States goals: 376