2021 wwc aug 26 can usa

Women’s Worlds Recap: Canada 5, United States 1

Two goals from Rattray and five unanswered helped the Canadians finish perfect atop Group A

Jason La Rose
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August 26, 2021
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GAME STATS: CANADA 5, UNITED STATES 1

CALGARY, Alta. – Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.) scored twice in three minutes early in the second period, leading Canada’s National Women’s Team to a 5-1 win over the United States in the preliminary-round finale Thursday night at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The victory puts Canada atop Group A with an unblemished 4-0 record and sets up a quarterfinal against Japan or Germany on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).

It was the first win for the Canadians against their cross-border rivals at women’s worlds since 2013, and ended the Americans’ 29-game winning streak, the second-longest in tournament history.

Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) and Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.) scored first-period goals, the first of the tournament for Canada in the opening frame.

Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) added the fifth goal midway through the second period as the Canadians opened up a 5-0 lead less than 31 minutes in.

After going 0-for-46 on shots in the first period against the Finns, Russians and Swiss, Canada finally broke through for an early goal when Daoust charged to the net and slammed a loose puck through U.S. goaltender Alex Cavallini just past the seven-minute mark.

Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) earned the primary assist to become just the 14th player in National Women’s Team history to record 100 career points.

Fast made it 2-0 at 13:50, chipping a shot over a sprawling Cavallini, off a U.S. defender and in.

The Canadians were in total control early; Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) didn’t face her first shot on goal until the 12:27 mark of the first period.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second, with Rattray leading the charge. She jumped on a Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) rebound 4:18 into the middle frame, and tucked in a wraparound minutes after that to push the lead to 4-0 and chase Cavallini, who gave way to Nicole Hensley after allowing four goals on 20 shots.

Nurse added the final tally with a shorthanded effort, rifling a wrist shot over the glove of Hensley that was in and out so fast it needed a video review to confirm.

The Americans pushed in the third period, outshooting Canada 11-4, and got one back when Lee Stecklein guided a wrist shot through traffic and past Desbiens early in the final stanza, but that would be it for offence.

Final shots favoured the Canadians 27-23.

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
dsaillant@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
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