The Canadian Women are off to the semifinal of the IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship in Calgary, AB. Following a heavy thrashing of the United States on Thursday, the Canadians made easy work of Germany, beating their opponent 7-0 in a game that took just over a couple minutes to decide.
Deloraine’s Ashton Bell opened the scoring for Canada, potting an easy tap-in just 1:29 into the first period, before Natalie Spooner picked up another marker less than four minutes into the game. By the end of the first period, the Canadians had a sizeable 3-0 lead. Bell and Spooner connected again to start the middle stanza, with Bell feeding Spooner for another tally. Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin made her return to the team following a stay on the injured reserve and scored near the end of the frame.
Philip-Poulin picked up an assist in the third period, while Spooner also collected a helper for her third point of the game. Melodie Daoust, who had a goal and two assists also finished atop the scorers for the Canadians. The total shots favoured Canada by 49, with the Germans only managing to put three pucks on goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, who earned the easy shutout.
“It’s huge for us to get momentum on the power play,” Spooner said post-game of Canada’s first tournament goal on the man advantage. “We’ve had lots of chances, and we’ve been working on it, but we’ve also not been allowing goals on our penalty kill, so hopefully the floodgates kind of open now for our PP.”
Bell finished the game with a goal and an assist to go alongside a +3 rating in 14 minutes of ice time. Ste. Anne’s Jocelyne Larocque finished a +2 with three shots on net in a little over 17 minutes of work. Canada will now face off against a Switzerland team that shocked Russia in overtime during the quarterfinal matchup on Saturday morning. The teams will do battle at 5:00 PM central on Monday, just after the United States takes on Finland at 1:00 PM in the afternoon. The winners will meet in the gold medal final on Tuesday evening.