“The best way we had been contributing offensively, the best way we put the puck on the web, preserving it easy, taking these rebounds and attempting to place them in, I believe that was key for us,” stated Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored twice in opposition to the Swiss.
“We are likely to wish to do to the beautiful play, however I believe if we preserve getting gritty and soiled in entrance of the online, I believe that’s going to be necessary for us to do tomorrow.”
The U.S. will try the identical, so along with the standard goaltending and particular groups components, the ultimate might be received or misplaced within the field between and beneath the faceoff dots at each ends of the ice.
The Canadians additionally obtained contributions Saturday from gamers who’d had a quiet match. Brianne Jenner, whose 9 targets in February’s Winter Olympics tied a match document, scored her first in Denmark.
Sarah Nurse, who set help and factors data in Beijing, scored her second purpose of the match.
Head coach Troy Ryan continued to work completely different ahead combos Saturday, shifting Sarah Potomak onto a line with Poulin and Jenner and shifting Victoria Bach to hitch Jessie Eldridge and Emma Maltais.
Eldridge and Kristin O’Neill scored their first targets of the match. Sarah Fillier’s purpose was her team-leading fifth. Emily Clark additionally scored and defender Ella Shelton had a pair of assists.
Canadian goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 5 pictures for the win. Canada put 56 on the Swiss web and had extra to indicate for it than three targets on 57 pictures in a quarterfinal win over Sweden.
“I believed we confirmed extra depth at present. Extra traces contributed in some capability,” Ryan stated. “We obtained away from simply counting on our excessive offence. We went low, we went center and went excessive. That’s only a lot higher approach for us to play.
“We’d obtained form of predictable. I believed we had a little bit extra selection tonight. If we deliver that selection tomorrow, it’ll trigger some issues.”
Not solely is the U.S. unbeaten in six video games, together with a 5-2 win over Canada within the preliminary spherical, however they’ve outscored their opposition 52-5 in comparison with Canada’s 30-8.
Whereas veterans Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight have been constant producers with six targets apiece, rookie Taylor Heise leads the match’s factors parade with seven targets and 11 assists.
Heise stated she and her teammates labored onerous on offensive net-front play and ideas and deflections throughout their pre-tournament camp in Buffalo.
“In video games, we’ve had so many nice ideas and so many nice tip targets,” Heise stated. “We work so onerous within the small areas as a result of we wish these alternatives for our teammates.”
The U.S. has reached the ultimate of each ladies’s championship for the reason that inaugural match in Ottawa in 1990 and has received 9 gold medals.
The one time Canada, winner of 11 gold, didn’t meet the U.S. within the last was in 2019 when it was upset within the semifinal by host Finland in Espoo.
Canada edged the U.S. 3-2 in additional time a 12 months in the past in Calgary to say gold and halt its rival’s run of titles at 5 straight.
The Canadians then prevailed 3-2 in Beijing for Olympic gold. They’d misplaced it in a shootout to the U.S. 4 years earlier in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Canada might maintain each titles, however the U.S. poses a formidable barrier in claiming a 3rd ladies’s hockey crown within the span of a 12 months.
Veteran offensive threats Natalie Spooner and Mélodie Daoust, in addition to Olympic all-star defender Claire Thompson, didn’t report back to Canada’s choice camp in August for private causes.
So the composition and technique of Canada’s world championship group is completely different than the high-octane Olympic aspect that outscored its opposition 57-10 in Beijing, Ryan stated.
“It doesn’t do anyone any justice to match this group to final 12 months’s group or another group from Hockey Canada,” he said.
“The good factor about this example is that if we’re going to achieve success, it’s going to be utterly completely different. It doesn’t imply it’s higher or worse. It’s simply completely different.
Czechia, the nation generally known as the Czech Republic, misplaced 10-1 to the US of their semifinal, and can face Switzerland for the bronze medal Sunday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 3, 2022.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press