On the last day of the Women’s World Championships round robin, Canada brought out their very best game and trounced the USA 5-1. In earlier action, Finland beat Switzerland by a margin greater than Canada or the USA managed, showing that two out of three of the top teams are trying to peak late, not early.
In the late game, Japan beat Germany 2-1, taking second and third place in Group B.
Canada now finishes first in Group A and will play Germany in the quarterfinals, while the USA finishes second and plays Japan. Finland is third and will play Czechia, the winner of Group B, while Russia and Switzerland play off in quarterfinal number four.
Those quarters are on Saturday with the semis on Monday and the medal games on Tuesday. What’s that you say? That seems odd? Why, yes, yes it does, and yet the IIHF feels that’s how the women’s event should be scheduled.
Here’s some fun goals to get you started on a proper August Friday of hard work:
Summer hockey = time for chip shots! ⛳️#WomensWorlds | #OurGameIsBack | @RenataFast pic.twitter.com/7oEDUqA9Ms— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 26, 2021
No mistake! #WomensWorlds | #OurGameIsBack | @ratt26 pic.twitter.com/QbnqHsDJnm— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 26, 2021
That's 2⃣ for 4⃣7⃣!#WomensWorlds | #OurGameIsBack | @ratt26 pic.twitter.com/BSLad2cDIX— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 26, 2021
#WomensWorlds | #OurGameIsBack | @nursey16 pic.twitter.com/oi10zKVS4B— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 26, 2021
That face you make when you find out your goal counts.@nursey16's top corner goal lands @HockeyCanada a 5-0 lead over @usahockey #WomensWorlds pic.twitter.com/MEQwOyOKPF— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) August 26, 2021
That puck had eyes! #WomensWorlds pic.twitter.com/1E6t4r0CdD— USA Hockey (@usahockey) August 27, 2021
In other news, there were two big deals signed yesterday:
Sean Couturier's contract includes a full NMC in the first 7 seasons— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 26, 2021
The eighth and final season is a M-NTC with a 10 team trade list https://t.co/7EgxUapG2R
The signing bonus in year one is actually:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 26, 2021
(Svechnikov's number is 37) https://t.co/ndiTvibtTn
And one small one:
The #Flames have signed RFA Dillon Dube to a 3 year contract with a $2.3M cap hit. https://t.co/59xqAsmkWq— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 26, 2021
If you haven’t had enough of prospects, Pontus Holmberg is playing in the Champions Hockey League today at noon, and fingers crossed, this link should be to the stream. I don’t think it’s geoblocked in Canada.
Dmitri Ovchinnikov is playing for Russia in a U20 four nations event, and the Russian games are available for the dedicated on Russia Hockey’s Youtube channel.
Happy Friday, everyone. The next instalment of the T25 will be out today as well.