GAME STATS: CANADA 4, SWITZERLAND 0
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.