IIHF Women's Worlds: Canada Advances To Gold Medal Game
Canada will be looking to win their third straight Women’s World Championship after beating Switzerland 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Sarah Fillier scored the first three goals for a hat trick. Canada also got goals from Jamie Lee Rattray and Rebecca Johnston. Alina Muller scored the lone goal for Switzerland in a game where they were outshot 54-9.
After the game, in her post-game interview with TSN’s Julia Toucheri Fillier was asked about scoring the hat trick, and it is the first time at an international competition she had scored three goals in a game.
“It never happened to me before,” Fillier said about her hat trick in her postgame interview with TSN’s Julia Toucheri. “It’s a really cool feeling, and being a part of it is really special, and our motivation is to keep winning, and we need to get the job done tomorrow.”
The first period remained goalless as Canada went right on the attack looking for the early goal, but the Swiss goalkeeper Andrea Braendli had herself a game-making 49 saves and earning player of the game for her team.
With less than 10 minutes left in the second period, Filler opened the scoring when she got an awesome feed from Sarah Nurse and was finally able to beat Braendli on Canada’s 21st shot.
Six minutes later, Filler scored her second of the game as, off a failed wrap-around attempt, she found a loose puck in front of the net and managed to fire a quick shot from in close.
Canada had a knack in the last two games of blowing leads against the US and the Czechs, but this time focused on playing a full 60 minutes, and less than five minutes into the final frame, Jamie Lee Rattray made it 3-0 off another rebound shot.
With less than five minutes left in regulation, Fillier completed the hat trick with another perfect quick shot in close to make it 4-0. Three minutes later, Muller broke Anne-Renée Desbiens's shutout bid. She ended the night only making eight saves.
With 0.8 seconds on the clock, Rebecca Johnston added an insurance goal scoring at the final buzzer, but upon review, the puck had crossed the line before time expired.
Canada will once face the USA, who had no issues thumping Czechia 9-1 in the earlier game, and the puck drop is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 pm Eastern and can be seen on TSN in Canada and NHL Network in the US.