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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Canada’s National Women’s Team opened up the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a 4-0 shutout win over Switzerland on Tuesday night at the CAA Centre.
- Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./PWHPA) made an immediate impact in her return four months after giving birth to her first child, scoring Canada’s first goal and adding an assist.
- Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./PWHPA) and Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA) also chipped in with a goal and an assist each.
- Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./PWHPA) scored Canada’s other goal.
- Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./PWHPA) and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./PWHPA) recorded an assist each.
- Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA) played in her 150th international game with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que.) made 12 saves for the shutout.
- Canada outshot Switzerland 53-12.
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“I feel pretty good, obviously I haven’t had that many games, I’ve only had six before this, so not that many. I’m just trying to get better every game as we go through the tournament.”
“It’s been pretty amazing how supportive my teammates and Hockey Canada have been. It’s a lot for me to juggle, but Rory has got so many aunties around who hold him at meals and make sure he’s happy and my mom is here helping, so it’s been great so far.”
- Spooner on her return to Canada’s National Women’s Team
“Playing with Spooner and Johnny for a while and seeing them work their way back and work so hard to be where they are right now is inspiring for all of us. I think if you looked at the bench when both of them scored, it pretty much erupted. For Dachs (Danielle Serdachny), too, we’ve all been there, we’ve all had our first worlds, so we’re excited to have her in the lineup. We’re cheering her on, supporting her so she can be the best that she can be.”
- Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, B.C./PWHPA) on celebrating her teammates’ successes
“Every time we play Switzerland, they are always very physical and they have a lot of skill up front. For us as a group, we did a great job of getting better every period. Obviously we had to get that first period under our belt, but after that everything started to flow a little bit better and I was really proud of how the group played today.”
- Ambrose on facing the Swiss
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