Canada’s National Women’s Team
will look to defend its IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medal when it
meets the United States on Sunday, following an 8-1 semifinal win over
Switzerland on Saturday night.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA
) recorded a three-point night with two goals and an assist.
Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University)
also tallied three points with one goal and two assists.
Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA)
and Jessie Eldridge (Barrie, Ont./PWHPA) scored 10
seconds apart in the first period, each scoring their first Women’s
World Championship goals.
Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./PWHPA)
and Brianne Jenner (Scarborough, Ont./PWHPA) added a
goal and an assist each.
Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA)
also scored for Canada.
Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont./PWHPA)
and Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./PWHPA) each added
a pair of assists.
Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA), Jocelyne Larocque (Ste.
) and Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA) added an
Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que./PWHPA)
turned aside five of six shots.
· Canada outshot Switzerland 56-6.
Following the game, the tournament announced Canada’s top three players as
Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Fillier and Jocelyne Larocque.
Canada vs. United States (Gold Medal Game) – Sunday, Sept. 4 (1:30 p.m.
ET/10:30 a.m. PT)
“I liked a lot of our game, even on the bench it was a good atmosphere. Our
group was engaged, and I thought we showed more depth today; all lines
contributed in some capacity and we got away from just relying on just our
high offence. We went low, we went middle and high and that’s a lot better
way for us to play. We got kind of predictable and it’s funny, we have so
much confidence in our high offence, we can rely on it too much, so I
thought we had a little more variety tonight and if we bring that variety
tomorrow, it’ll cause some problems.”
Head Coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on adjustments in the team’s
style of play
“I think we’re aware that every game we’re going to get better and today
was probably our most complete game as a group. Every line was
contributing, doing the little things right and at the end of the day,
that’s what’s going to make a difference in the championship game. We kept
it simple, a lot of goals were just about getting the puck on net and
getting to the rebound; that’s key and we’ll have to do that again
tomorrow. The gold medal game is huge—I haven’t had a lot of time to think
about it, but we know the target is on us and it’s okay. It’s about using
the excitement and knowing [the United States] are coming for us, but just
playing our game, keeping our focus on us and competing for 60 minutes.”
- Poulin on the team peaking at the right time
“I mainly play the puck as much as I can when I have the opportunity. Teams
are going to try and dump the puck in a little more so working on that and
communicating with my teammates. Also, in every T.V. timeout, I make sure
to go to the bench, help them out, tell them what I see, what can we do
better and also telling them what they did great. Obviously today they did
a lot of great things, so staying involved, focused and being ready for the
“I have goosebumps just thinking and talking about it. Canada-USA is an
amazing rivalry, it’s always intense and we definitely get the best out of
each other. It’s physical and that’s what we love about it. It’s definitely
going to be a very good game tomorrow.”
Desbiens on staying engaged when facing minimal shots and on facing USA
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