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
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
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
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.