IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ – 05 Apr 2023

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-0 Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Womenโ€™s World Championship Preliminary Round
CAA Centre, Brampton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 05 April 2023

Two-time defending Gold medallists Canada started their drive for a three-peat with an impressive 4-0 win over Switzerland at CAA Centre tonight. The win keeps Canada perfect against the Swiss all time, now 11-0 with a whopping goals differential of 81-2, nine of those wins by shutout.

“I think it was a great game,” said Sarah Nurse, one of four goalscorers for Canada. “There are little details that we’d like to tighten up for sure but in the last few days of practice we’ve worked a lot on special teams, our forecheck. We won the special teams battle and I think we executed what we needed to today.”

“We fought hard, but we lost,” offered Swiss captain Lara Stalder. “If we got one early, during the 5-on-3, it might have been different. The first period was pretty even. Itโ€™s the beginning of the tournament. It was a bit more physical and emotional, but as long as itโ€™s both ways, thatโ€™s fine.”

Both teams get a day off now, but it doesnโ€™t get any easier for the Swiss. They play the United States on Friday followed by a late Czechia-Canada tilt.

Canada was relentless on the puck in the opening period, slowed only by three minor penalties in the first ten minutes, including a lengthy two-skater disadvantage, but the penalty killers were perfect. When order was restored, Canada opened the scoring at 11:42, capitalizing on a gaffe by goalie Andrea Brรคndli. She came out to play a puck on an icing call and then muffed the pass to a teammate. Natalie Spooner was right there to corral the disc and snap a shot into the cage before the goalie could get set.

The goal capped a remarkable comeback for Spooner, who gave birth to a son, Rory, on 06 December, a mere 120 days ago.

“It was awesome, just to get back out there with my teammates,” mommy Spooner enthused. “I was having a blast and obviously playing with Filly and Nurse, it’s always so much fun. (Motherhood) is a lot for me to juggle, but he’s got so many aunties around him! They hold him at meals and make sure he’s happy so I can eat. My mom is also here helping. It’s been great and he’s been pretty happy around the girls, which is great. He loves them.”

Less than three minutes later, Canada doubled its lead on a power play when a Sarah Nurse shot from point-blank range found its way in at 14:27. The Swiss had a great chance to get back into the game late, but Alina Marti was stoned by Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens on a breakaway, Desbiens calmly kicking her left pad out to stop Martiโ€™s shot.

The second became a chipper and more physical period, and the referees let the players play with a little more lenient rule book as far as bodychecking, but both sides were equally aggressive, so it all evened out. Canada got the only goal of the period early, on another power play. This time Rebecca Johnston banged home a loose puck in front at 1:44 to make it 3-0.

“I think it’s always fun to be able to score,” said Johnston, who played at the Beijing Olympics but missed the 2022 Women’s Worlds because of an injury. “So that was nice, but just helping contributing as much as I can for this team to help us win is really the ultimate goal.”

Later in the frame Alina Mรผller made a speedy rush before laying a soft pass to the trailer, Janine Hauser, and she unleashed a shot that beat Desbiens cleanly but hit the post and stayed out.

At the other end, Brรคndli was sparkling, keeping the game close even if the players in front of her weren’t able to mount much offence. Canada finally got a fourth goal at 14:07 of the third thanks to a turnover at the Swiss blue line. Sarah Fillier finished the play with a quick shot in front.

1st Period
04:24 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Larocque, interference
08:03 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Spooner, tripping
08:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Larocque, tripping
11:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Spooner
14:12 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Forster, high sticking
14:27 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Nurse (Ambrose, Fillier)

2nd Period
20:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Leemann, tripping
21:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PP GOAL – Johnston (Rattray, Spooner)
29:40 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Clark, body checking
30:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Leemann, roughing
40:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Poulin, roughing
40:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Stalder, roughing

3rd Period
44:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Baechler, roughing
54:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ GOAL – Fillier (Nurse)
56:38 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Mรผller, slashing
60:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PEN – Poulin, roughing
60:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ PEN – Stalder, roughing

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Desbiens (12-12)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Brรคndli (45-49)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 8+16+25 = 49
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 9+2+1 = 12

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Ann-Renรฉe Desbiens, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Jaime Bourbonnais, Renata Fast (A), Jocelyne Larocque, Ella Shelton, Claire Thompson, Micah Zandee-Hart. Forwards: Emily Clark, Sarah Fillier, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Emma Maltais, Sarah Nurse, Kristin O’Neill, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jamie Lee Rattray, Danielle Serdachny, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull (A).
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Goaltenders: Andrea Brรคndli, Saskia Maurer. Defence: Alessia Baechler, Lara Chrisen, Sarah Forster (A), Janine Hauser, Nadine Hofstetter, Shannon Sigrist, Nicole Vallario, Stefanie Wetli. Forwards: Rahel Enzler, Emma Ingold, Cindy Joray, Sinja Leemann, Lena Marie Lutz, Alina Marti, Alina Mรผller (A), Kaleigh Quennec, Alena Lynn Rossel, Lisa Rรผedi, Lara Stalder (C), Laura Zimmermann.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C)
current champion
(since 15 Dec 2022)
Last Title none
255 All-Time Wins
14 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 10-0 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North York ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SUI)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-1 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 27 Aug 2022 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Herning ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-1 FINย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 01 Apr 2023 โ€“ EX โ€“ Niagara Falls ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-1 CZE ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 07 Apr 2023 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Brampton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: 2023 Womenโ€™s World Championship
Photo Credit: 2023 Womenโ€™s World Championship – IIHFHHOFIOC



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