GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 4)
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Canada’s National Women’s Team
will play for its 12th world championship title in its 20 th gold medal matchup against the United States at the 2022 IIHF
Women’s World Championship on Sunday.
Canada punched its ticket to the gold medal game with an
8-1 win over Switzerland in the semifinals. Seven different Canadians scored on Saturday, including Kristin O’Neill
who recorded her first goal with Canada’s National Women’s Team, plus
Jessie Eldridge and Brianne Jenner netted their first goals of the world
championship. Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Fillier both had three-point
games, giving them nine and 10 respectively so far in the tournament.
The U.S. marched to its 20th straight championship final
with a 10-1 semifinal win over Czechia.
Taylor Heise led the offence with two goals and three assists, while Amanda
Kessel had a hat trick and an assist in the double-digit win. Nicole
Hensley made nine saves to propel the United States to a spot in the gold
dropped a 5-2 decision
to the United States when these rivals last faced off on Tuesday in the
preliminary round finale. Sarah Fillier continued her offensive streak,
burying a rebound to open the scoring before Ella Shelton punched in a goal
of her own on the power play. That early offence wouldn’t be enough as the
United States scored five unanswered to hand Canada its first loss of the
tournament. The Americans outshot the Canadians 33-28 in the game.
WHAT TO WATCH
Ella Shelton added two more assists on Saturday to lead Canada with six so
far in the tournament. The playmaking blueliner’s impact is being felt in
just her second world championship, recording 11 points in 13 games played
at the women’s worlds in her career. Shelton’s ability to jump into the
play will be crucial for Canada’s success against the U.S. on Sunday.
Hilary Knight made history on Thursday, scoring a goal and an assist
against Hungary to surpass Hayley Wickenheiser as the all-time points
leader at the IIHF Women’s World Championship with 87. The 5-foot-11
forward will look to add her ninth gold medal in 12 world championships
since her debut in 2007.
A LOOK BACK
While Canada has the all-time edge with 94 wins in 166 games, this rivalry
is about as even as they come. Need proof? In the last 14 meetings between
the rivals dating back to February 2020, six of those games have needed
overtime (Canada has won four, with Poulin getting the game-winning goal in
Looking back at the 20 gold medal games at women’s worlds, 19 of them have
featured a Canada-United States matchup. The Canadians hold the narrow
lead, breaking a five-year U.S. winning streak to earn their 11th title
last summer in Calgary.
All-time record: Canada leads 94-71-1 (20-17 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 456
United States goals: 403