Canada's women's national ice hockey team are back in action as they concluded the first day of action at the IIHF Women's World Championships taking place right here in Brampton, Ontario.
Nafio was present for France's tournament debut against Finland this morning, it ended up being a 14-1 win for the Finns as they vie for first in Group B. Meanwhile, yours truly got to the rink in time for Canada vs Switzerland, which ended with a score of 4-0 for the Canadians and several unpleasantries shared between them and their opponents. We both skipped the USA's 7-1 win over Japan in the other Group A game.
Natalie Spooner, coming off the birth of her first child, opened the scoring for Canada with this shot from the slot. The Swiss were leading in shots up to this point as they opened the game strong, but it was all Canada from here on out.
Sarah Nurse scored on the power play as she relayed the puck from the point onward to the back of the net.
Rebecca Johnston made it three on the power play by getting to the rebound first from Rattray's shot.
Andrea Braendli was excellent in this game facing Canada's shots with good positioning and allowing few rebounds. It was a night where Canada took 49 shots and were legitimately spending minutes at a time in the offensive zone, circling around the tired Swiss defenders shift after shift. Braendli was the reason this wasn't a bigger blowout. What is disappointing is the Swiss's lack of pushback the other way when they did get chances. Alina Muller was a one-woman wrecking ball, trying to do it all herself offensively, but none of her teammates were up to the task to help her. You could tell she was frustrated by the lack of things going her team's way.
Sarah Fillier got her own rebound to seal the game in the third period. Last tournament she was always scoring one or two goals in the first period. The young star is starting this tournament with some resilience after a quiet first half of the game.
You can check out the boxscore here:
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