GAME STATS: CANADA 5, SWITZERLAND 0
CALGARY, Alta. – Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) tipped in a pair of
goals and Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) added a goal and two assists
as Canada’s National Women’s Team blanked Switzerland 5-0 on Tuesday night
at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The win sets up a titanic clash for first place in Group A between Canada
and the United States on Thursday night (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) to close out
the preliminary round.
Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Jaime Bourbonnais (Mississauga, Ont.)
had the other goals, and Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.) stopped
all 12 shots she faced to record the shutout in her tournament debut as the
Canadians finished with a 63-12 advantage in shots on goal.
For the third game in a row Canada failed to score in the first period, but
it certainly wasn’t for lack of effort; it peppered Swiss netminder Andrea
Brändli with 21 shots in the opening 20 minutes, but couldn’t find the back
of the net.
Clark finally broke through four minutes into the second period, netting a
shorthanded marker. Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.) did the bulk of the
work, driving the puck from the Canadian end to the Swiss goal and finding
the post before Clark tapped in the easy rebound.
That opened the floodgates. Bourbonnais doubled the lead at 9:38, charging
in off the blue line and slamming home a loose puck from between the
hashmarks, and Spooner tipped in a Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.) shot just
17 seconds after that for a 3-0 advantage.
Daoust completed a dominant period at 16:34, redirecting in an Erin Ambrose
(Keswick, Ont.) wrister with the shaft of her stick to send the Canadians
to the intermission up by four.
Spooner got her second of the game and finished the scoring 61 seconds into
the third, tipping a shot from Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont.) through
That spelled the end for the Swiss goaltender, who was replaced by Saskia
Maurer after making 41 saves in as many minutes. Maurer turned aside all 17
shots she faced the rest of the way.
Maschmeyer wasn’t busy but was terrific when called upon, including a
breakaway stop off Lara Stalder late in the second period and a left-pad
robbery off Evelina Raselli in the third.