BRAMPTON, Ontario – Jamie Lee Rattray scored the game-winning goal line in the 9th round of the shootout, and Canada beat the USA 4-3 on Monday night in the complete opening round game for both teams at the Women’s World Cup of Hockey.
The teams will set their sights on the quarter-finals on Thursday after the final 1-2 atop Group A. Sarah Fillier had a goal line and an involvement and Marie-Philip Poulin also Laura Stacey kept score for Canada’s opening line-up. Goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens was responsible for the conquest.
Goalkeeper Aerin Frankelová acquired the goal. Rattray buried the winner on a slippery blanket after Desbiens and Frankel went through eight rounds of a toe-to-toe shootout before teammates were harassed.
Canada commanded 3-1 with 2:27 left in instruction when Stacey kept the score into an empty net. But the US is not done.
Knight counted with 39 seconds left on a reflection to cut the discrepancy to one — the arena scoreboard missing power through the play, which was challenged for offside — before Kessel added the improbable equalizer with 3.4 seconds left to stun the crowd and force an extension.
The Americans killed off a penalty on Knight in overtime before the U.S. captain was stopped by Desbiens on a breakdown advanced in OT.
Canada tenses the game at 1-1 on a 5-on-3 authority play three minutes into the second period when Poulin one-timed a high shot past Frankel after an arrangement by Erin Ambrose.
Natalie Spooner then tilted a point shot off the post, with the players playing 5-on-4 as the U.S. took four conventional disadvantages in the mid-period. But the Canadians were unable to build on the 2:1 lead heading into the third period.
Canada killed a Filler disadvantage early in the period and was measured for its second postponement of the game. But the U.S. bailed out its rival when a substandard line change led to a foul for too many players on the ice, setting up a wild finish.
The Canadians snapped a streak of five consecutive world titles at the pandemic-delayed occasion in Calgary in 2021 before safeguarding Olympic gold at the 2022 Beijing Games.
Then in Denmark in September, Canada claimed its second consecutive world championship victory, its third podium finish in the last 12 months.
The U.S. is 5-1 in contrast to Canada’s incoming teams’ last six opening-round games, including a 5-2 win in Denmark. In another achievement, Finland completed their opening round undefeated run in four matches, beating Hungary 5-0.
Sanni Ahola made 15 saves in the shutout. Nelli Laitner, Jenni Hiirikoski, Jenniina Nylund, Emilia Vesa and Ronja Savolainen scored. Nylund, Vesa, and Savolainen have five goals with four goals each, laterally with partner Viivi Vainikka and Sweden’s Lina Ljungblom.
The quarterfinals begin on Thursday. Hungary plays Germany on Tuesday to comprehensive Group B play with the confidence of breaking into the top three and safeguarding a place in the quarter-finals. Hungary is in fourth place behind Sweden, who play France on Tuesday.
All five teams in Group A advance to the matches. The top three sides from Group B advance. In a match of teams looking for their first wins, Switzerland beat Japan 4-3.
Lara Stalder scored the winner with 9:06 left in regulation for the Swiss. Alina Muller, Lara Christen, and Nicole Vallario also saved a score for Switzerland, which strayed 2-0 early and straggled 3-2 in the 3rd period. Andrea Braendli won 19 saves.
Canada has had Team USA’s figure in women’s hockey the entire year, and that didn’t change in Sunday’s IIHF Women’s World Championship final.
Thanks to a great performance by Ann-Renee Desbiens and a two-goal game by Brianne Jenner, Canada defeated the United States 2-1 to win the gold medal.
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