One in all hockey’s greatest rivalries added some other version Thursday as Hockey Canada and USA Hockey hit the ice on the 2021 IIHF Girls’s International Championship. The highest two groups within the historical past of the ladies’s recreation closed out the initial spherical with a struggle for the highest spot in Crew A — and it was once all Canada because the workforce skated away with a 5-1 victory.
“I feel it was once a truly amusing recreation to be part of,” mentioned Jamie Lee Rattray, who scored two objectives. “I am truly pleased with the women and the way we rallied in combination and the way we caught in combination to our recreation plan. I feel that was once truly key for us is that we proved to ourselves that we will be able to stick to in opposition to any opponent.”
It was once a large win for the Canadians, who hadn’t overwhelmed the American citizens for over a decade on the global championships and entered Thursday on an eight-game dropping streak in opposition to them. It was once additionally a key win bearing in mind Canada was once lacking captain Marie-Philip Poulin after she took a puck up prime in Tuesday’s win over the Swiss.
“She’s doing truly neatly. She’s in excellent spirits, however as a program, as a workforce, we really feel it is important to provide her a couple of days off and re-evaluate her and ensuring she’s excellent to head right here shifting ahead,” Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada director of nationwide groups, mentioned Wednesday. There was once no replace on her standing after Thursday’s win. Poulin had a function and two assists in Canada’s first 3 video games and was once centering the highest line.
With Poulin out, Victoria Bach moved to heart and Brianne Jenner moved as much as the highest line along Rattray. The transfer paid off as Jenner were given assists on either one of Rattray’s objectives within the heart body. Sarah Nurse additionally scored short-handed to make it a handful of objectives.
“You’ll be able to’t truly fill Pou’s shoe,” mentioned Rattray. “She’s clearly a pacesetter in this workforce and she or he has been a for a very long time. However I feel we did a truly excellent activity, everybody stepped up and did the jobs that they had to and, truthfully, these days was once a truly giant workforce win.”
Canada wanted a handy guide a rough get started in opposition to the American citizens, who had now not allowed a unmarried function during the first 3 video games — and were given it. Mélodie Daoust opened the scoring within the first era. Natalie Spooner gathered an lend a hand on function to grow to be the 14th participant to attain 100 issues for Canada’s nationwide girls’s workforce. It was once additionally the primary first-period function for Canada within the event. Renata Speedy added some other to make it 2-0 sooner than the primary 20 have been up. The American citizens were given a function from Lee Stecklein within the 3rd era.
“We were given clear of our recreation. Actually, we by no means performed our recreation and I feel that is what went flawed,” USA captain Kendall Coyne Schofield mentioned matter-of-factly as her workforce struggled right through the sport to generate offense.
The sport was once a scene-setter for a possible gold-medal assembly on Tuesday. Sooner than that recreation, the groups will tackle Japan or Germany within the quarterfinals on Saturday. The winner of Thursday’s nightcap between the ones two squads will get the American citizens; the loser will take at the Canadians.
Wearing Information had the entire motion as the USA and Canada reignited their competition at the ice (all instances Jap):.
Canada vs. USA ranking, highlights from 2021 Girls’s International Championship initial spherical
3rd era: Canada 5, USA 1
8:27 p.m. — Sport over. Canada makes a large observation. Stecklein and Rattray get the white hats.
8:20 p.m. — Sarah Fillier forums Brianna Decker and Decker responds with successful up prime. They each move to the field.
8:15 p.m. — The American citizens get an influence play however cannot ranking.
8:02 p.m. — Rebecca Johnston breaks in and is robbed by means of Hensley.
7:58 p.m. — GOAL. Lee Stecklein’s shot from the purpose will get via visitors and previous Desbiens. Canada leads 5-1.
7:55 p.m. — Ultimate body begins with the Canadians at the persistent play after Abbey Murphy known as for boarding and roughing on the finish of the second one. Rattray additionally were given two for roughing.
2d era: Canada 5, USA 0
7:37 p.m. — The second one era involves an finish with just a little of a scrum. Canada up 5-0 and outshooting the American citizens 23-11.
7:28 p.m. — Hilary Knight with a excellent backhand probability as she crashes down the left wing.
7:25 p.m. — Hensley will get knocked over by means of Renata Speedy, who was once knocked into her by means of an American participant. Hensley is OK.
7:18 p.m. — SH GOAL. Sarah Nurse from the left wing alternatives the nook over the glove of Hensley. Canada leads 5-0.
7:17 p.m. — Canada and USA business some pleasantries because the puck will get free on the whistle and Meghan Keller swipes at it. She will get driven round and provides it again to Emily Clark. The duo will get coincidental minors.
7:16 p.m. — USA Hockey will get some other persistent play as Blayre Turnball throws an elbow.
7:11 p.m. — Alex Cavallini is pulled and Nicole Hensley enters the sport because the U.S. calls a timeout.
7:10 p.m. — GOAL. Jamie Lee Rattray wraps it in from at the back of the online. Canada leads 4-0.
7:04 p.m. — GOAL. Canada breaks out 2-on-1 and Brianne Jenner will get a excellent shot off that is going proper to Jamie Lee Rattray, who buries it. Canada leads 3-0.
7:03 p.m. — Sarah Fillier went down laborious upon getting tangled with Kendall Coyne Schofield and gave the impression to get a little bit uncomfortable at the bench.
7:02 p.m. — Whilst short-handed, Desbiens misplays the puck and Brianna Decker nearly ratings.
7:00 p.m. — USA known as for too many ladies. Groups will skate 4-on-4 for 28 seconds sooner than Canada will get an influence play for 1:32. Canadians are 0 for 12 at the persistent play.
6:58 p.m. — 2d starts.
First era: Canada 2, USA 0
6:41 p.m. — Duration ends. USA will get started the second one era with 1:39 of power-play time. Canada has outshot the American citizens 15-4.
6:40 p.m. — With 20.9 seconds left within the first era, USA will get an influence play as Rebecca Johnston pulls down Abbey Murphy.
6:33 p.m. — Amanda Kessel with a great opportunity off the best wing that handcuffs Desbiens. Kelly Pannek follows up however shoots it prime.
6:32 p.m. — Natalie Spooner assisted at the Daoust tally and now has 100 issues.
6:31 p.m. — GOAL. Renata Speedy hits the puck and it is going up and over a sprawled-out Cavallini and captain Kendall Coyne Schofield, who tries to bat it away. Canada leads 2-0.
6:30 p.m. — Play is being reviewed for a prime stick (?) however the replay presentations a excellent function.
6:29 p.m. — Canada thinks it scored however the referee is waving it off.
6:27 p.m. — Giant prevent by means of Cavallini on Emily Clark now not as soon as, however two times as Clark follows her shot for a 2nd probability.
6:25 p.m. — USA Hockey will get its first registered shot with 7:33 left.
6:17 p.m. — GOAL. Canada breaks via within the first era for the primary time all tourney. Mélodie Daoust buries a puck that bounced off the backboards previous Cavallini, who’s tending the online with a participant’s stick. Canada leads 1-0.
6:16 p.m. — Canada with more than one probabilities because the puck bounces round in entrance of the U.S. web and Cavallini loses her stick.
6:15 p.m. — Emma Maltais will get a excellent shot brief aspect however Alex Cavallini makes the prevent.
6:14 p.m. — 5 mins in and Canada has the lead in pictures (2-0). USA did have some probabilities within the slot however the puck did not get via.
6:11 p.m. — Blayre Turnbull with a excellent glance off the best wing however shoots it prime.
6:09 p.m. — USA protection smothers Brianne Jenner as she skates in.
6:08 p.m. — Puck has been dropped.
6 p.m. — Brianne Jenner will don the “C” with Poulin out.
5:10 p.m. — Alex Cavallini will get the beginning for the U.S. and Anne-Renée Desbiens for Canada. Brianne Jenner, who was once bumped from the highest line by means of Jamie Lee Rattray, strikes again up and can sign up for Rattray and Victoria Bach (strikes to heart).
3:45 p.m. — Adam Henrique appearing give a boost to for the Canadian squad.
3:30 p..m. — Canada dressed in the white jerseys this night.