The Canadian National Women’s Team will face off against the United States in the gold medal game of the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship on Tuesday in Calgary, AB.
Following an undefeated pre-tournament and round robin preliminary play, Canada’s top female hockey players took care of business in their quarterfinal and semifinal matchups, paving the way for a North American showdown against the United States – a team Canada demolished 5-1 in round robin play.
Just hours after USA beat Finland in their semifinal matchup, the Canadians took care of Switzerland, also by way of a shutout, 4-0. Scoring back-to-back opening period goals for Canada was Renata Fast and Melodie Daoust, which ended the first period up 2-0.
12 seconds into a Sarah Forster second period penalty, the Canadians added another marker off the stick of Daoust. Rebecca Johnston added an insurance marker late in the third period, giving Canada the 4-0 win, and sending the nation to another Women’s World Championship final.
“I think there is another level this team can bring,” Fast said post-game. “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.”
Pummelling the Swiss for 65 shots against, Canada put just four pucks past netminder Andrea Braendli, while only giving up 10 shots on their goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens, who will certainly start on Tuesday against the Americans. The game will feature a 6:30 PM central starting time and can be found live on TSN.
It has been since April of 2017 that the Canadians and Americans battled in a gold medal final at the Women’s Worlds. Despite beating Finland 2-1 in a shootout in 2019, the Americans last beat Canada on a Hilary Knight overtime winner in Michigan back in 2017 at the Worlds. Canadians also would remember the 3-2 victory for Team USA over Canada at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. This World Championship will certainly pave the way for even more excitement in Beijing at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games this coming February.