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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Canada’s National Women’s Team outlasted the United States 4-3 in a shootout on Monday night, closing out preliminary-round play atop the Group A standings with a perfect 4-0 record at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
- Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./PWHPA) scored the game-winner in the ninth round of the shootout.
- Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the tournament and added an assist.
- Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./PWHPA) and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA) also scored.
- Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./PWHPA), Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./PWHPA), Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA), Claire Thompson (Toronto, Ont./PWHPA) and Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, B.C./PWHPA) added an assist each.
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que./PWHPA) stopped 26 of 29 shots on her 29th birthday.
- Canada outshot the U.S. 35-29.
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“It’s something I often say to teams that I coach that if the scoreboard falls from the ceiling, we need to act like we expected it to happen. I think our group has a pretty good mindset of that, and I thought everybody (athletes and coaches) did a great job. Everyone fell into their roles and kept things calm on the bench so I could share it with the officials. Although it never happens in that order, you’re usually prepared for it so, you talk through it, communicate as much as you can and it had no impact on us.”
- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on the game continuing after a scoreboard malfunction and delayed game
“I’ve shot in a couple of shootouts in the past, but [Ryan] just turned to me and said ‘Are you ready, Ratty?’ and I said ‘Yeah, sure,’ and I think after that I just blacked out. What a cool feeling and I don’t even remember what I did after because I was so excited; I just screamed out loud because that’s all I could think of.”
“The most proud thing is we won as a team, everyone contributed and everyone made important plays in the game. We can leave it knowing we played a complete game. Obviously, we don’t want to give up two goals at the end, but we stayed calm and resilient and I think that’s something we can take away from this game.”
- Rattray on her shootout winner and the team’s performance
“As a goalie its always about stopping the next puck. Sometimes you have bounces that don’t go your way, but that’s out of your control. You just focus on stopping the next one and that’s what I tried to do today. The team helped with their scoring and Ratty with a big shootout winner in the end, I was happy she got it. It was an interesting ending, a good performance from both goalies but happy to finish first in Group A.”
- Desbiens on her 26-save performance
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