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Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Japan

Sunday, August 28 | 9 a.m. ET | Herning, Denmark | Preliminary Round

August 27, 2022


TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

It’s a quick turnaround for Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship as it gets back on the ice to face Japan on Sunday, less than 18 hours after it stayed unbeaten with a win over Switzerland.


Canada battled to a 4-1 win over Switzerland on Saturday to improve its record to 2-0. Sarah Fillier kicked off the scoring in the first and followed up with another score midway through the second. Emily Clark scored her first of the tournament off a great feed from Blayre Turnbull, who would follow up with a snipe of her own to finish the scoring. Canada outshot Switzerland 46-8 and successfully killed six penalties for the second game in a row.

Japan is coming off a 3-1 loss to Switzerland on Friday the dropped it to 0-2 in Group A. The Japanese penalty kill came up big, holding the Swiss off the board on all eight power-play opportunities, but the Asian side couldn’t produce a goal until Akane Shiga found the back of the net with just 23 seconds remaining.


It has been 22 years since Japan and Canada last met, with the Canadians taking a 9-0 victory in the preliminary round at the 2000 women’s worlds in Mississauga, Ont. Eleven different players got on the scoresheet, led by a goal and three assists from Hayley Wickenheiser. Becky Kellar had two goals and an assist, Cheryl Pounder added a goal and two helpers and Sami Jo Small made 12 saves for the shutout.


The phenom that is Fillier should never be slept on. The 22-year-old made a name for herself last year on the international stage, scoring eight goals in seven games on route to Olympic gold and three goals and three assists at the 2021 world championship, earning the respect of the hockey world in her first year on the senior national team. With three points in two games already in Herning, it’s clear Fillier has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Veteran defenceman Shiori Koike is playing in her eighth women’s worlds, in addition to three Olympic Winter Games. The 29-year-old is an important piece of the blue line, playing 19:56 through two games in Herning, third-best among Japanese defenders. She can also chip in offensively when needed; she had two assists at last year’s women’s worlds and added a goal and three helpers in five games at the Olympics in Beijing.


Canada has never lost to Japan in six all-time meetings and has never allowed a goal, outscoring the Japanese 82-0. That goal differential includes a pair of 18-0 wins (in 1990 and 1996) – the most goals ever scored in a game by Canada’s National Women’s Team.

Danielle Goyette has the best individual performance against Japan, posting two goals and three assists in a 12-0 win in 1996, and there have been five hat tricks – by Goyette, Wickenheiser, Angela James, Vicky Sunohara and France St-Louis.

All-time record: Canada leads 6-0-0
Canada goals: 82
Japan goals: 0

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