GAME STATS | LIVE BLOG
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Canada’s National Women’s Team is off to the semifinals at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship after a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the quarterfinals Thursday night at the CAA Centre.
- Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA) scored twice, including the overtime winner 4:26 into the extra period.
- Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./PWHPA) had the other goal.
- Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA), Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./PWHPA), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA), Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) and Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man./PWHPA) recorded an assist each.
- Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./PWHPA) stopped 12 of 14 shots.
- Canada outshot Sweden 54-14.
Canada vs. TBD (semifinal) – Saturday, April 15, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
“The shift before, they wore down their players on the ice, so by the time Filly (Sarah Fillier) and I got on the ice I think they were pretty tired. When she came around the net all I thought about was that if this pass comes over to me, we’re crossing the mid-lane and we’re getting a shot off. I saw her hands kind of drop really quick and I decided to put it upstairs.”
“They play with full body contact over in Sweden so that’s something we were prepared for. That’s a team that wanted to win, and every time somebody plays against Team Canada they give us their best game and that’s what we talk about in the locker room that every team will play us hard. We would have loved to get it done in regulation, but things happen in games and we’re happy to get the win in overtime.”
- Nurse on her game-winning goal and facing a tough Swedish opponent
“We want to do a better job of early on in a game, doing the little things that make us difficult to play against instead of resorting to our offensive-zone play that we end up usually finishing games with. You don’t get those opportunities unless you set your game up with chipping some pucks by pressure or mid-lane driving and doing some below goal-line offence. We have to be better at doing the little things to set up our game so we can roll into our more wide-open offence later in the game. You have to earn that, you just don’t get it from your first shift.”
- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on better managing their game going into the semis
“I think we just tried to regroup. Everyone took one or two seconds to take a deep breath, look around and see how lucky we are to be surrounded by each other. We knew it wasn’t over; they have a great team and a great goalie but we needed to decide how we were going to respond in overtime. We kept them in their zone, we kept possession and that’s something we take pride in – to keep possession and make sure the next group is ready to go.”
- Poulin on the mood on the bench after Sweden tied the game with nine seconds remaining
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