HERNING, DENMARK – The Canadian players were on a mission two days after losing 5-2 to the United States at the World Women’s Hockey Championship. Unlike Sweden’s quarter-finals, the Canadians took control of the game from the start, en route to a 3-0 win.
Although it took more than 17 minutes for a Canadian player to hit the net, the Canadian team started the match with intensity, breaking into Swedish territory. In the end it was Jocelyne Larocque who scored the first goal of the game, the first of her career at the World Cup, and this one, at 48.And world game.
“It was a test for our patience, but also for our discipline, admitted Canadian assistant captain Blayre Turnbull. It is very easy in these types of games to play individually, try to solve the problem on your own and deviate from the game plan. I am very proud of our group. We have not deviated from the game plan even if we have not had the offensive success we would have liked. “
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin and Renata Fast witnessed that goal.
Discreet until then in the game, Sarah Potomak made a great breakthrough through the Swedish defense at the end of the middle period by doubling Canada’s lead.
In the third half defender Erin Ambrose pushed the Swedes out of reach by scoring with a precise shot from the blue line, while the opposing goalkeeper had his vision obscured by several players. Sarah Potomak and Emma Maltais were accomplices of this third goal.
Ann-Renée Desbiens returned to Maple Leaf’s cage for the match, fending off all nine hits aimed at her to complete the shutout.
Her opposite, Emma Soderberg, was much busier, facing a 57-round bombardment in good standing. The 24-year-old goalkeeper made some important saves to keep his team in play. She was also named player of the match for the Swedish team.
“You are an exceptional goalkeeper. She moves very well, Larocque noted. You made some big bailouts. It was a test for us to continue to apply the game plan and execute the details well. I think that’s fine. We had to play great hockey and we kept putting pressure on them. We will be able to take advantage, I would say, in the second half of our semifinal. “
With this win, Troy Ryan’s team gets the ticket to the semi-finals where they will meet Switzerland, who they beat 4-1 in the preliminary round. The other semi-final will see the United States against the Czechs who shocked the Finns in extra time on Thursday.
The semifinals will be played on Saturday, the final on Sunday.