Canada-Germany 10-0 (2-0, 1-0, 7-0)
CHICAGO – As expected, Canada rolled over the surprising Germans this afternoon by a 10-0 score at the Walter Bush Arena to earn a place in the gold-medal game of the WW U18 Championship tomorrow night. The Canadians will play the winner of tonight’s other semi-final pitting the two-time defending champions United States against the Swedes.
Carmen MacDonald stopped 12 shots for the shutout while captain Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier each had two goals and an assist.
“We knew they were going to have a better game today because they did well yesterday,” said Team Canada forward Christine Bestland. “Even though we beat them 15-0 the other day, we knew it would be a different game and we’d have to battle.”
Today’s game started quickly for Canada, and it dominated the opening period even though the team managed only two goals. Hannah Armstrong got the early goal at 1:54 to make her team’s intentions clear, but although the rest of the period was played mostly in the German end, some inaccurate shooting kept the score low.
As the period ended, Canada incurred two penalties quickly, and the Germans started the second with a brief 5-on-3 advantage. They couldn’t convert and spent most of the period in their end again, but they formed a five-man unit around goalie Stephanie Hruby and were effective in keeping the score down, if nothing else.
“They came out with a different method than last time and played a lot of man on man, so we had a tough time playing around that for a while,” Bestland said.
In fact, the only goal of the period came on a bullet point shot from Caitlin MacDonald. Although shots on goal were 38-11 for Canada after 40 minutes, the score was a respectable 3-0, much better than a few days ago when Canada led 9-0 after two periods.
The floodgates opened in the third, however, as Canada got seven goals, chased Hruby from the net, and did what they needed to do—establish a reputation heading to the gold-medal game.
“We came out in the third knowing we had to prove a point for tomorrow,” Bestland noted. “We’re ready for tomorrow, but I think we can step it up even more. We can always play better.”