USA defeats Switzerland 3-0 to open women’s world hockey


Calgary, Alberta — Brianna Decker and Kendalcoin Scofield each have goals and assists, and nine-time champion US defeats Switzerland 3-0 on Friday night to open the Women’s World Hockey Championship. ..

The tournament began in less than six months with the Beijing Olympics. The World Championship was last held in Finland in 2019, and the United States won the title for the fifth consecutive year. Due to the pandemic, the event in Nova Scotia has been canceled twice.

Grace Zumwinkle also scored in the US and Alex Cavallini made 10 saves. Andrea Brändli stopped 55 shots at Switzerland.

“I thought it was a great match and I’m not only very excited about the result, but also how I played as a team,” said US coach Joel Johnson. “It was really nice to go out and play. The Swiss had a great team and played us tough, which really tells us how competitive the game is in the world. . “

Kendalcoin Scofield, 26, of the United States, was skated by Sarah Forster of Switzerland during the second period of the IIHF Women’s Hockey Championship in Calgary, Alberta on August 20, 2021, her goal. Celebrate. (Jeff Mackintosh / Canada Press via AP)

Decker started scoring at 4:29 in the first period, Coin Scofield connected at 4:08 in the second period, and Grace Tsumwinkle limited the score with 1:36 remaining in the second period. .. Decker supported Coin Scofield’s goal of breaking the 38th American World Championship assist record held by Chrissy Wendell and Jenny Potter.

Early in the first Group A match, Sarah Fillier was drawn in the middle of the third period and Canada beat Finland 5-3. In the only Group B match of the day, Arena Mills helped the Czech Republic win 6-1 against Denmark with three goals.

All five Group A teams and the top three Group B teams will advance to the quarterfinals. The United States will play Finland on Sunday night.

After Elisa Holopainen drew to Finland, Phillier scored 25 seconds. Phillier scored on the rebound after Anni Keisara stopped trying Natalie Spooner’s laparound.

“I think good things will happen when you have energy and an unstoppable attitude, and when you add grit,” said Canadian forward Brianne Jenner.

Ten-time champion Canada overcame a two-goal deficit when Jamie Ratley and Marie-Philippoulin scored in a 20-second span in the second period. Nelli Laitinen and Minttu Tuominen scored Finland in the early 3:40 span, and Tuominen connected with two Canadians in a penalty box.

Canada vs Finland
Marie-Philippoulin, 29, Canada, celebrates her goals for her teammates and Finland during the second phase of the IIHF Women’s Hockey Championship Game in Calgary, Alberta, August 20, 2021. (Jeff Mackintosh / Canada Press via AP)

Erin Ambrose gave Canada a 3-2 lead in the third early stage, and Jenner scored an empty net goal in the last minute.

Ann-Renée Debian has made eight saves for Canada. Keisara stopped 39 shots.

Vendula Pribylova, Dominika Laskova and Kristyna Patkova also scored in the Czech Republic, with Klara Peslarova making eight saves.

Josefine Persson scored Denmark. Danes are competing in the top category for the first time since 1992.

Associated Press