Two goals from Marie-Philip Poulin helped propel Canada to an 8-1 win over Russia, sending Canada into their 15th consecutive World Championship Gold Medal Game, against a familiar foe in the U.S., bringing with them the International Hockey Lineal Championship in tow.
Even though Russia was outshot 20-4 in the first, Canada was only able to tally one goal past Russian keeper Anna Prugova, a Haley Irwin sliding shot with only 47 seconds to go in the first, to go ahead 1-0. The predicted onslaught took hold in the second, with Natalie Spooner opening the floodgates two minutes in on a bad-angle wrister past Prugova to make it 2-0. Poulin struck 52 seconds later on a Brianne Jenner rebound, and less than two minutes later, a Jennifer Wakefield point shot made it 4-0 after 25 minutes.
Svetlana Tkachyova managed to beat Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados on a screen to make the score 4-1, but the momentum was short lived, as Jayna Hefford used Russian defenceman Anna Shibanova as a screen to beat Prugova under two minutes later to make it 5-1. Poulin got her second goal on another screen, using Angelina Goncharenko to block Prugova and making it 6-1 after two. Prugova was pulled at the start of the third in lieu of Yuliya Leskina, who did not fare much better, allowing two more from Meghan Agosta and Rebecca Johnston while being outshot 12-2 in the third, to end the Russian misery at 8-1, and advancing Canada to the Gold Medal Game.
With the win, Canada wins its fourth straight game at the World Championships to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, its 28th reign as champion. Canada and Russia met over the IHLC for the first time since the 2008 World Championships in China, where Canada also defeated the Russians 8-1. Canada will now face the United States for the World Championship Gold for the 15th straight occasion, looking for their second straight title and eleventh overall to unite with the IHLC.
07:59 – PEN – Pashkevich, cross checking
19:13 – GOAL – Irwin (Mikkelson, Szabados)
19:33 – PEN – Vaillancourt, roughing
22:03 – GOAL – Spooner (Apps, Vaillancourt)
22:55 – GOAL – Poulin (Jenner)
24:29 – GOAL – Wakefield (Ward, Fortino)
28:54 – PEN – Birchard, slashing
30:56 – GOAL – Tkachyova (Burina, Lebedeva)
32:10 – PEN – Irwin, hooking
32:18 – SH GOAL – Hefford (Poulin)
35:56 – GOAL – Poulin (Hefford, Bonhomme)
36:21 – PEN – Hefford, hooking
37:43 – PEN – Skiba, hooking
42:16 – GOAL – Agosta (Wakefield)
42:40 – GOAL – Johnston (Ward, Mikkelson)
53:54 – PEN – Solovyova, hooking
58:48 – PEN – Mikkelson, body checking
W: Szabados (17-18)
L: Prugova (31-37), Leskina (10-12)
SHOTS ON GOAL
20+17+12 = 49
4+12+2 = 18
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette (A), Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser (C).
Goaltenders: Yuliya Leskina, Anna Prugova. Defence: Yekaterina Ananina, Inna Dyubanok, Angelina Goncharenko, Alexandra Kapustina (A), Anna Shibanova, Anna Shukina, Svetlana Tkachyova. Forwards: Lyudmila Belyakova, Tatyana Burina (A), Yelena Dergachyova, Iya Gavrilova, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Valeriya Pavlova, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolentseva (C), Yekaterina Smolina, Yekaterina Solovyova, Olga Sosina, Alexandra Vafina.