There have been two constants in Claire Thompson’s life: hockey and school,
one always coming to the forefront when the time is right.
In high school, hockey was the focus; school was secondary. But the summer
after graduation, that reality flipped. In August 2015, Thompson earned an
invite to Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, but
ultimately wasn’t picked for a three-game series against the United
States. So she packed her bags, headed for Princeton University and put
her focus on school.
“Not that I lost hope, but I figured my style of play wasn’t what the
national team was looking for,” Thompson remembers of her reaction that
summer. “So I definitely just kind of focused my energy not into proving
them wrong…but trying to become a better player for my college team.”
At Princeton, Thompson flourished under Tigers head coach Cara Morey, a
Team Canada alumna who worked as a coach with Canada’s National Women’s
Program throughout the 2010s.
“She always did have something really special about the way she played,”
Morey says of her former captain. “It wasn’t like this was do-or-die for
Claire, she just wanted to become the best player and the best person she
“And while she worked on that, Hockey Canada noticed.”
Morey says Thompson is a gifted offensive defenceman who can see the ice
well, but needed to learn how and when to take risks.
“We would have an agreement…that if she came up with a high-risk move
through the middle [and gave up a turnover], she just had to get the puck
back before they scored,” Morey laughs.
“She always encouraged me to just play the game how I wanted to play it,”
Thompson says. “But also learning to balance trying to make a play or set
someone else up for success versus the safe play is something that I
definitely grew into across my four years [at Princeton].”
In four years as a Tiger, Thompson played in 129 games, recording 31 goals
and 56 assists. She was named Ivy League First All-Star Team and won the
Ivy League championship in her junior year, and helped the team qualify for
the NCAA tournament (which was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic) in her
senior year. But as impressive as her hockey statistics were, Thompson’s
schooling was even moreso.
She was recognized annually for her academic success by the American Hockey
Coaches Association as an All-American Scholar. Majoring in ecology and
evolutionary biology with a focus on theoretical ecology, Thompson thought
she was heading for a career in research and academia. But an invitation to
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in the summer of 2019 once again
changed her focus.
“It was honestly kind of shocking and a bit nerve-wracking,” explains
Thompson, who had moved to Washington, D.C., that summer to research her
senior thesis, and was not at her family’s home in Toronto where she would
typically train. “So for a bit I was thinking, oh my goodness this is
finally my chance to get back into it and I am not in the city I want to be
“But I just went out and played the way that I had played to get myself
there and well, I guess it worked out.”
Morey was also at the camp, assisting with the development squad, proud to
be watching her all-star blue-liner get another chance with Team Canada.
But having Morey there would prove to be helpful in more ways than one, as
she was able to give the coaching staff some insight into Thompson.
While players typically napped or were together during free time, Thompson
was often sitting on her own, studying.
“I was explaining, ‘Let Claire read her science, let her study,
because…studying calms her down and gets her ready,’” Morey says. “And she
had the best camp of her life and…by the end…they finally understood that
part of her pre-game sometimes is opening up an organic chemistry
Thompson would make the development team that summer and play in a
three-game series against the U.S., recording a goal and an assist. That
fall, she was invited to play with Canada’s National Women’s Team in a
two-game series against the Americans and by March 2020 was named to the
national team for the IIHF Women’s World Championship (which was also
cancelled due to COVID-19).
The humble 23-year-old credits many others with her meteoric rise to the
senior level: her minor hockey coaches, strength and conditioning coaches,
family and Morey, but it is her collegiate coach who turns the tables back
on Thompson, saying she has earned her spot and deserves to be there.
“It is funny that the way the outside world might perceive her story as
coming out of nowhere, but obviously we thought she was incredible when we
recruited her,” Morey says. “I was proud of her even before she made (Team
Canada), but then to see it all come to fruition three years later and to
get the chance that she wanted, I’m so proud of her.”
“Sometimes when I step back and look at it, I kind of laugh,” Thompson says
of her journey to Team Canada. “Freshman, sophomore or junior year ‘Claire’
would have never expected this.
“I got really into my academics and was really excited by a lot of the
stuff I was learning in my independent research…and then now that I’m back
to hockey and so excited about that.
“They really do run in parallel.”
Canada’s National Women’s Team named for 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship
Canada looks to go back-to-back at women’s worlds for first time since 2000-2001
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced the 23 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Team who will look to defend the gold medal at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Aug. 24-Sept. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark.
The players were chosen following an 11-day selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary as part of the BFL National Women’s Program Summer Showcase. The camp featured on- and off-ice testing, skills sessions and six intrasquad games showcasing players competing for roster spots with Canada’s National Women’s Team and Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.
The 23 players selected include:
One who will make her world championship debut (Eldridge)
19 who captured Canada’s 11th gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Calgary (Ambrose, Bach, Bell, Campbell, Clark, Desbiens, Fast, Fillier, Jenner, Larocque, Maltais, Maschmeyer, Nurse, O’Neill, Poulin, Rattray, Shelton, Stacey, Turnbull)
18 who won a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China (Ambrose, Bell, Campbell, Clark, Desbiens, Fast, Fillier, Jenner, Larocque, Maltais, Maschmeyer, Nurse, Poulin, Rattray, Shelton, Stacey, Turnbull, Zandee-Hart)
The roster – three goaltenders, seven defence and 13 forwards - was selected by head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.), in consultation with Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), director of hockey operations, and Cherie Piper (Scarborough, Ont.), senior manager of player development and scouting, along with the rest of the scouting and coaching staffs.
“It is unusual to play in a world championship and an Olympics in a single year, but this opportunity allows us to evaluate ourselves against the best in the world as we start our new four-year Olympic cycle,” said Kingsbury. “We are fortunate to have familiarity among our coaching staff and players who know what it takes to win. We had an extremely competitive camp and we believe we have assembled an experienced team that will give us the best chance to compete once again for a gold medal.”
The 10-team tournament features Canada in Group A with Finland, Japan, Switzerland and the United States, while Group B includes Czechia, host Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Sweden.
Canada opens the tournament against Finland on Aug. 25, and faces Switzerland on Aug. 27 and Japan on Aug. 28 before closing the preliminary round against its rivals from the United States on Aug. 30.
Prior to the start of women’s worlds, Canada will play a pair of pre-tournament games against Denmark on Aug. 20 and the United States on Aug. 23.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will carry extensive game coverage throughout the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship, airing all of Canada’s games. TSN will broadcast all Group A preliminary-round games, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games from KVIK Hockey Arena in Herning. RDS will provide coverage of all Team Canada games, in addition to playoff-round games.
Canada has captured 11 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2021), in addition to eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019).
CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team has won its 11th gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, earning a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the United States on Tuesday night.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) got the winner 7:22 into overtime, after Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.) had scored 2:29 apart early in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit.
After Alex Carpenter scored twice for the U.S. in the first period, Jenner tucked in a power-play goal 4:13 into the second and Rattray tipped in a Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.) shot at 6:42 to make it 2-2.
That would be it for scoring until Poulin took a perfect pass from Jenner and wired a shot off the crossbar and down, just across the goal line to give Canada its first world title since 2012.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Poulin said of winning gold. “The team showed up tonight, we stayed resilient, we stayed to our way, our game and it was amazing – a team effort all around. It wasn’t the start we wanted, down 2-0, but just focusing on what we’ve been doing all tournament was key. In the third period, we killed many penalties, we stuck together, didn’t panic and we took it over in overtime. Obviously, it’s an amazing feeling, since 2012 it’s been a long time coming and the last two years has been a lot of work. We did our work, came as a group and we did it.”
Following the tournament, Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) was named Most Valuable Player and Best Forward by the IIHF Directorate. Daoust led the tournament in scoring with 12 points (six goals, six assists). Daoust, Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) and Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) were named to the Media All-Star Team.
“We’ve tried to focus a lot this event, touching on making little adjustments about the opponent,” said Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.). “With so much time off from international play, we thought the priority should be on our game and what makes us successful. We got a little bit in that first game against the U.S. and we just tried to build off that for this game.”
Canada was perfect through the preliminary round, finishing atop the Group A standings with wins over Finland, ROC, Switzerland and the United States, outscoring its opponents 20-5. Canada earned a trip to the gold medal game with a 7-0 quarterfinal shutout of Germany and a 4-0 semifinal win over Switzerland.
Canada has captured 11 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2021), in addition to eight silver (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and one bronze (2019).
CALGARY, Alta. – Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) scored a dramatic
overtime winner 7:22 into the extra period, giving Canada’s National
Women’s Team a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the United States on Tuesday
night for its 11th gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The Canadians claimed the world title for the first time since 2012, when
Caroline Ouellette scored the extra-time goal to give Canada the win over
the U.S. It also marks the first time Canada has gone unbeaten at a women’s
worlds since 2007 in Winnipeg.
With the teams going end-to-end in three-on-three overtime, Poulin took a
perfect pass from Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) and wired a shot over the
glove of American netminder Nicole Hensley.
The puck pinged off the under side of the cross bar and came down just
across the goal line, but was in and out so fast that it was initially
waved off by the referee. As play continued into the Canadian end, IIHF
video review confirmed the shot was in and the horn sounded to end another
memorable chapter of the Canada-U.S. rivalry.
Early on it looked as if the Americans would crash the party in Calgary and
leave with a sixth-straight gold.
Alex Carpenter got the all-important first goal midway through the first
period, knocking her own rebound through the legs of Ann-Renée Desbiens (La
Malbaie, Que.), and she added a second less than three minutes later,
finding a loose puck off a scramble in front and firing it past the
But Canada came out with the jump to open the second, equalizing before the
period was seven minutes old.
Jenner was first on a Canadian power play at 4:13, showing off her quick
hands to tuck a shot around Hensley.
Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.) tied it 2:29 later, getting her stick on a
blast from Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.) and tipping it down and
through the five-hole of the American goaltender.
After back-to-back Canadian power plays came up empty, the penalty kill
went to work; the Americans enjoyed three-and-a-half power plays in the
third period alone, but the Canadians, led by Poulin and Jenner up front,
kept the game tied.
Desbiens did her part as well, making a couple of point-blank stops as part
of her 23-save performance.
It was no surprise the gold medal game needed overtime; it marked the fifth
time in the last seven finals between the teams that an extra period was
necessary to crown a world champion.
Poulin joins an exclusive list of golden goal scorers for Canada at women’s
worlds – Nancy Drolet did it in 1997 and 2000, and Caroline Ouellette was
the hero when Canada won its most recent gold in 2012.
Follow the game, Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) earned Most Valuable
Player and Top Forward honours, as well as a place on the Media All-Star
Team, where she was joined by Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) and Erin
Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.).
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22 days in Calgary, by the numbers
A facts-and-figures look at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, on and off the ice
The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship comes to a close Tuesday in
Calgary, as does a rollercoaster ride that has lasted more than 18 months;
the tournament – originally scheduled for Halifax, N.S., was cancelled in
March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then again in April of this
year with cases rising in Nova Scotia.
Fans watching on TSN see the action on the ice, but the action behind the
scenes – especially this year in a bubble environment – is a major part of
welcoming the world to what is one of the major events on the international
“This has been an unbelievable journey, persevering through a continuing
global pandemic and a pair of cancellations to host a women’s worlds that
we are so proud of,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and
properties for Hockey Canada. “This tournament is about so much more than
the 12 days of hockey at WinSport Arena; it is about the efforts of event
staff, players, coaches, officials and volunteers who should be so proud of
what they have accomplished.”
So what exactly goes into – and comes out of – hosting the women’s worlds,
in the summer, with four months notice, after two cancellations? Let’s take
a look at the numbers:
Paid attendance for the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Due to the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all 31 tournament games were played without
fans, although a very limited number of family and friends were allowed in
Points for tournament leader Mélodie Daoust, just the fourth double-digit
performance by a Canadian since 2007 (Hayley Wickenheiser put up 10 points
in 2012, Marie-Philip Poulin had 12 en route to MVP honours in 2013, and
Natalie Spooner totalled 10 in 2019).
Officials who worked the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, representing
seven countries – Canada (7), United States (7), Finland (2), Russia (2),
Sweden (2), Austria (1), Switzerland (1)
Media availabilities done through Zoom from Aug. 16, the first day teams
were out of quarantine, through the semifinals. This includes IIHF press
conferences with both teams after each game, and availabilities done by
Canada’s National Women’s Team prior to games, after practices and on
Staff in the bubble for TSN and RDS to broadcast every preliminary-round
and playoff-round game at women’s worlds for the first-time ever. This
includes everyone from play-by-play announcers Rod Black and Kenzie Lalonde
to production runners, camera operators and fibre-optic technicians.
Goals scored through the semifinals, by 74 different players. The highest
single-game total came in the United States’ 10-2 win over Japan in the
quarterfinals, while the lowest were a pair of 1-0 games – Japan’s victory
over Denmark in the preliminary round, and Finland’s 1-0 triumph over the
Czech Republic in the quarterfinals
Accredited media representing all 10 competing nations. Not surprisingly,
Canadian media comprised the largest delegation – 70 media from 41
different media outlets.
Players who dressed for at least one game. Denmark, Germany and ROC were
the only teams that had all of their rostered players see game action.
Scrapes during TV timeouts by the volunteer ice crew. At the first whistle
after the six-minute, 10-minute and 14-minute marks of each period, a team
of eight skaters cleared snow in front of both nets and around the edge of
Individuals who were permanently inside the bubble from the arrival of
teams on Aug. 10. That does not include WinSport Arena and hotel staff who
worked inside the bubble, but were not permanent inhabitants.
Hours spent in the bubble by the top six teams; players and staff arrived
to begin quarantine on Aug. 10, were on the ice for their first practices
on Aug. 16, skated in pre-tournament play on Aug. 18 and dropped the puck
to open the tournament on Aug. 20.
Accreditations issued, which includes all players, team staff, officials,
volunteers, Hockey Canada staff, International Ice Hockey Federation staff
and venue staff at WinSport Arena.
Social media posts related to the women’s worlds sent across all Hockey
Canada platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) from Aug. 20-30. The posts
– in English and French ��� earned 16,364,321 impressions and 474,672
Days between Halifax and Truro, N.S., being awarded the 2020 IIHF Women’s
World Championship (Oct. 30, 2018) and the gold medal game between Canada
and the United States in Calgary (Aug. 31, 2021). The tournament was first
cancelled March 7, 2020, and then again on April 21, 2021.
Minutes of hockey played through the end of the semifinals. Only one game
has gone beyond 60 minutes – Switzerland’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over
ROC in the quarterfinals.
COVID-19 tests performed on players, team staff, Hockey Canada staff,
International Ice Hockey Federation staff, TSN and volunteers from the
start of the pre-screening period on Aug. 1 through Aug. 29.
Towels used by teams and officials during the 2021 IIHF Women’s World
Championship. To comply with COVID-19 protocols, each towel was used only
once and then laundered.
Volunteer hours worked to help the tournament run behind the scenes. The
volunteer group included 60 individuals; of those, 30 were inside the
bubble as part of the transportation, team services and off-ice officials
groups. At a typical women’s worlds in Canada, the volunteer team would
total more than 300.
Litres of water consumed by players and officials during the women’s worlds
– that works out to just over 31 litres per player/official over the
duration of the tournament.
Cups of Tim Hortons coffee consumed inside the bubble since Aug. 16.
Photos taken by Hockey Canada Images photographer Matthew Murnaghan. They
included on-ice action, Team Canada headshots, behind-the-scenes exclusives
and partner activations.
Page views at HockeyCanada.ca from Aug. 20-30. Traffic to IIHF Women’s
World Championship pages totalled 733,923 views, or 70.9% of all web
Dollar total for the 50/50 draws for all six Team Canada game days through
the end of the semifinals, with half the proceeds ($744,335) going to the
Hockey Alberta Foundation to support women’s hockey initiatives in the
Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. United States
Tuesday, August 31 | 5:30 p.m. MT | Calgary, Alberta | Gold Medal Game
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
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Daoust scored twice and Desbiens earned the shutout to send Canada into the gold medal game in Calgary
CALGARY, Alta. – Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) scored two more goals
to send Canada’s National Women’s Team into the gold medal game at the 2021
IIHF Women’s World Championship after a 4-0 semifinal win over Switzerland
on Monday night.
The Canadians will face their rivals from the United States in the final on
Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
Daoust scored in each of the first two periods for her fourth-consecutive
multi-point effort. Her 12 points (six goals, six assists) are three clear
of linemate Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) for the tournament scoring
lead, and are the most by a Canadian at a women’s worlds since Marie-Philip
Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) recorded 12 in 2013.
Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) had the
other goals for the Canadians, who are back in the gold medal game after
missing out in 2019 when they were upset by Finland in the semifinals.
There would be no repeat in 2021, as Canada took control early. Fast opened
the scoring just 5:14 in, jumping in off the blue line and burying a pretty
setup from Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)
Fast was in on the second goal as well just 98 seconds later, letting go a
wrist shot from the point that Daoust redirected through Andrea Brändli to
make it 2-0.
Brändli was busy in the first period, stopping 18 of the 20 shots she faced
as the Canadians outshot the Swiss 20-2.
Canada’s power play went to work early in the second period, getting a
little puck luck to stretch its lead to three. Poulin threw a centring pass
into the slot that deflected off the skate of Daoust and went up and over
Brändli for her second of the game.
The Swiss netminder took over from there, stopping almost everything she
faced the rest of the way; Brändli finished with 61 saves in all, including
21 of the 22 shots sent her way in the third period.
Johnston added a little more insurance with three minutes to go, wiring a
shot just inside the far post for a power-play goal.
Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) was perfect at the other end, making
10 saves for her first shutout of the tournament.
Following the game, Canada’s top three players of the tournament, as
selected by the coaches, were named – Daoust, Fast and Spooner.
Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Switzerland
Monday, August 30 | 5 p.m. MT | Calgary, Alberta | Semifinal
Canada’s National Women’s Team is through to the semifinals at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship,
set for a date with Switzerland with a spot in the gold medal game on the
The Canadians are looking to get back to the final for the 19th time after
missing out in 2019, while the Swiss are into the last four for just the
third time – they finished fourth in 2008 and won bronze (their lone medal)
Canada dominated Germany in its quarterfinal on Saturday night, finishing
with a massive 52-3 edge in shots on goal
in a 7-0 win. Natalie Spooner scored twice and added an assist, Mélodie Daoust recorded
a goal and two helpers and Sarah Fillier had one of each as that line
contributed four goals and eight points. Emerance Maschmeyer earned her
second shutout in as many starts with three stops.
Switzerland shocked ROC in the first quarterfinal Saturday, erasing a
two-goal deficit in the final 11 minutes of regulation time and getting the
overtime winner from Laura Zimmermann 5:29 into the extra period to earn a
3-2 victory. Saskia Maurer was terrific in the Swiss goal, turning aside
all 28 shots she faced after taking over for Andrea Brändli just nine
The teams met Tuesday night in preliminary-round play, with the Canadians
a 5-0 win. Spooner led the charge with a pair of goals and Daoust had three more
points as Canada blew open a scoreless game with four unanswered goals in
the second period. Maschmeyer needed to make just 12 saves to record the
shutout in her tournament debut while her teammates peppered Brändli and
Maurer with 63 shots.
WHAT TO WATCH
How good has Daoust been?
The Valleyfield, Que., product has been on the scoresheet in all five games, and her 10 points lead all
skaters in Calgary. She is also a tournament-best +12, and is doing it all
while averaging just 14:20 of ice time per game, third-lowest among the 10
Canadian forwards who have played in all five games. Her line with Spooner
and Fillier has produced 24 points, becoming arguably the best trio in the
For the Swiss, it’s all about momentum. Coming off an emotional comeback
against the Russians, Switzerland will need a massive encore performance if
they hope to spring what would be one of the biggest upsets in women’s
hockey history. Maurer will play a big role – she has posted a .955 save
percentage across four games, including two perfect performances in relief
A LOOK BACK
This is about as one-sided as it gets. Canada and Switzerland have met 12
times since 1997, with the Canadians winning all 12 games and allowing just
two – that’s right, TWO – goals against. At the IIHF Women’s World
Championship, it’s a complete whitewash; the Canadians have won all seven
meetings and posted a shutout in each and every one of them.
Some of the highlights? Marie-Philip Poulin posted the sixth and most
recent four-goal game in Team Canada history in
a 13-0 win at the 2013 women’s worlds in Ottawa (and added an assist for good measure), and Jayna Hefford put up
five points of her own in a 10-0 victory in 1999.
CALGARY, Alta. – Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) scored a pair of goals
as part of a three-point performance as Canada’s National Women’s Team
booked its place in the semifinals at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World
Championship with a 7-0 win over Germany in its Saturday quarterfinal.
The victory sends Canada into a semifinal showdown with Switzerland or the Czech Republic on
Monday (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man.), Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) and
Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont.) added a goal and an assist apiece, and
Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) finished with a goal and two helpers to
pad her lead atop the tournament scoring race.
Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) had the other goal for the Canadians, who
allowed just three shots on goal.
Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.) earned her second shutout in as
Just as it did in its prelim finale against the United States on Thursday
night, Canada came flying out of the gate, taking a two-goal lead before
the game had reached the four-minute mark.
Bell was first just 89 seconds in, jumping in off the blue line and tapping
in a gorgeous feed from Daoust for her first goal with Canada’s National
Spooner made it 2-0 only 1:25 later, knocking in her own rebound after
rifling a wrist shot off the post, and Jenner beat Franziska Albl on
another second-chance opportunity late in the first period to send the
Canadians to the dressing up by three.
The second period was played almost exclusively in the German end, as
Canada held its European opposition without a shot in the frame. It’s the
10th time in tournament history the Canadians have achieved the feat.
Spooner got her second of the game eight minutes into the middle stanza,
wiring a shot past the glove of Albl from the top of the face-off circle.
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.