GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 3)
TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct
Coming off a 3-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals,
Canada’s National Women’s Team
is one step closer to back-to-back gold, and will face Switzerland in the
semifinals of the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
Canada picked up its fourth win of the tournament on Thursday, securing a
3-0 win over Sweden
in the quarterfinals. Jocelyne Larocque opened the scoring for Canada with
her first career world championship goal, before Sarah Potomak danced
around the Swedish defence for a highlight-reel score to extend Canada’s
lead to 2-0. Erin Ambrose added a goal off a point shot in the third period
to seal the victory. While the score came out in Canada’s favour, Swedish
netminder Emma Soderberg did not make things easy, stopping 54 shots faced
throughout the game. Ann-Renée Desbiens earned her fourth Women’s Worlds
shutout by turning away nine shots.
Switzerland is coming off
a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over Japan
in the quarterfinals. Sinja Leeman came away as the hero, registering the
tying goal while short-handed just over six minutes into the third. With
nothing decided in 3-on-3 overtime, the Swiss and Japanese went to the
shootout, where another goal by Leeman alongside a score from Alina Marti
booked Switzerland’s spot in the semifinals.
The Canadians and Swiss last met in the preliminary round, with
Canada coming away with a 4-1 win. Sarah Fillier kicked off the scoring in the first and followed that up
with another score midway through the second. Emily Clark scored her first
of the tournament off a great feed from Blayre Turnbull, who would add a
snipe of her own to close out the game. Canada outshot Switzerland 46-8 and
successfully killed six penalties for the second game in a row.
WHAT TO WATCH
After just missing out on a spot on Canada’s Olympic Women’s Team last
winter, Victoria Bach is making a statement at this world championship.
After four preliminary games, Bach led all Canadian forwards in assists
with four, and tied with Jocelyne Larocque for the team lead in helpers.
The 26-year-old has shown versatility by being able to move throughout the
lineup—she most recently played on the top line with Marie-Philip Poulin
and Brianne Jenner in Canada’s quarterfinal game against Sweden. Look for
her to continue to make an impact on Canada’s offence against Switzerland.
Netminder Andrea Braendli has played all five games at Women’s Worlds for
Switzerland, making her mark as one of the busier goalies in this year’s
tournament. Her 140 saves over 240 minutes played is the third-highest
amongst goaltenders, and she comes into Saturday’s game with a .907 save
A LOOK BACK
While the Swiss women’s program has made huge strides—including Olympic
bronze in 2014 and a bronze medal game appearance in 2022—Canada continues
to own the head-to-head history, winning all 16 meetings thus far.
Previous to its matchup in this tournament, Canada and Switzerland met at
the 2022 Olympics, with
Canada coming away with a 12-1 win. Sarah Fillier scored two early goals, but it was Natalie Spooner who led
the Canadian offence, tallying two goals and three assists en route to
All-time record: Canada leads 16-0-0
Canada goals: 135
Switzerland goals: 7