IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ – 30 Aug 2021

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Womenโ€™s World Championship Semifinal
WinSport Arena, Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Monday, 30 August 2021

Canada did exactly what it had to do tonight against Switzerland and skated to a dominating 4-0 win to advance to the Women’s Worlds Gold medal game against the United States tomorrow night for the first time since 2017.

The hosts scored early, took any Swiss hope out of the equation, and kept their foot on the gas for sixty minutes.

With the loss, the Swiss will move on to the Bronze medal game earlier in the day against Finland.

Canada poured 65 shots at Swiss goalie Andrea Brรคndli, who was nothing short of brilliant in defeat. At the other end, Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens made only 10 harmless saves to record the shutout.

“I think there is another level this team can bring,” said Renata Fast, who had a goal and an assist tonight. “I’m happy with what we’ve done so far as a team, and we’ve definitely built momentum throughout the tournament, but I still think there is more in the tank. We have such a talented group, so much skill, so much depth. Everyone has been contributing.”

In retrospect, Canada’s only adversity through the first six games of the tournament came back in the first period of the first game, when they fell behind, 2-0, to the Finns. But they rallied for a 5-3 win and haven’t looked back.

“I think that was important,” acknowledged coach Troy Ryan. “I think all those little aspects in an event like this are important, how you respond to it, will make a difference, and I thought our women did a great job in that situation. Hopefully when we look back on that, it will be a pivotal point.”

Right from the opening faceoff it was clear Canada meant business and there would be no upset tonight. They got the puck deep and pressured the Swiss defenders, and created shots seemingly at will.

“They’re so good with the puck and came at us with a lot of speed,” said Swiss captain Lara Stalder. “I think we weren’t really ready from the get-go. After a while, I think we started battling more, too, so we got some chances, but they’re a really good team. They like to share the puck, and their defence are really active, so it was hard to get out of our own zone.”

Canada scored first after a long period of pressure and a faceoff win in the attacking zone. Brianne Jenner controlled the puck in the corner and whipped a pass out front to Fast, who had snuck in behind the defence and one-timed the hard pass at 5:14.

A minute and a half later, they made it 2-0. This time, a Fast point shot was tipped in front by Mรฉlodie Daoust past Brรคndli. It was Daoustโ€™s fifth goal of the tournament and her 11th point, tops among all players.

The Swiss didnโ€™t get their first shot until midway through the period, a harmless shoot-in from the point, and they had only one decent scoring chance, that off the stick of Stalder that was stopped by Desbiens without incident.

Daoust got her second of the game early in the middle period off another faceoff win. Marie-Philip Poulin took a shot that Daoust tipped, and the puck went high in the air and landed behind Brรคndli before trickling over the goal line.

Canada overwhelmed the Swiss the rest of the way, one wave after another controlling the puck in the Swiss end at will. But with all the passing and team speed, tenacity and physical superiority, they could beat Brรคndli, who was nothing short of spectacular in goal, only once more.

Rebecca Johnston added Canada’s fourth goal late in the third on a power play. She got the puck at the point, walked in, and ripped a low shot under Brรคndli’s glove at 16:58.

Moments earlier, the Swiss had their best chance of the night on a Canada power play. Noemi Rhyner stole the puck at the blue line and raced the length of the ice, with two Canadians in pursuit, but her hard shot beat Desbiens only to ring off the stick side post and stay out.

1st Period
05:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Fast (Jenner, Poulin)
06:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Daoust (Fast, Larocque)
10:06 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Fast, tripping
10:26 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Rรผegg, boarding

2nd Period
25:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Forster, roughing
25:32 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Daoust (Poulin, Ambrose)
39:17 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Shelton, interference

3rd Period
52:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Leemann, interference
56:26 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Lutz, tripping
56:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Johnston (Bach, Thompson)
59:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Rรผegg, tripping

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Desbiens (10-10)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Brรคndli (61-65)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 20+23+22 = 65
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 2+6+2 = 10

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Ashton Bell, Jaime Bourbonnais, Renata Fast, Jocelyne Larocque, Ella Shelton, Claire Thompson. Forwards: Victoria Bach, Emily Clark, Mรฉlodie Daoust, Sarah Fillier, Brianne Jenner (A), Rebecca Johnston, Emma Maltais, Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jamie Lee Rattray, Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull (A).
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Goaltenders: Andrea Brรคndli, Saskia Maurer.ย Defence: Lara Christen, Sarah Forster, Janine Hauser, Nadine Hofstetter, Sinja Leemann, Shannon Sigrist, Nicole Vallario, Stefanie Wetli. Forwards: Rahel Enzler, Emma Ingold, Lena Marie Lutz, Alina Marti, Kaleigh Quennec (A), Evelina Raselli (A), Noemi Ryhner, Lisa Rรผedi, Dominique Rรผegg, Phoebe Stรคnz, Lara Stalder (C), Laura Zimmermann.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C)
current champion
(since 26 Aug 2021)
Last Title none
228 All-Time Wins
10 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 10-0 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North Yorkย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-0 SUIย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€“ 04 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espooย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 7-0 GERย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย โ€“ 28 Aug 2021 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Calgaryย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (OT) โ€“ 31 Aug 2021 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ…

Article Credit: 2021 Womenโ€™s World Championship
Photo Credit: 2021 Womenโ€™s World ChampionshipIIHFHHOFIOC



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