Canada wins but Marti makes "Swisstory"
by Andrew Podnieks|27 AUG 2022
Canada's Victoria Bach watches this shot of Sarah Fillier go in behind Swiss goalkeeper Andrea Braendli.
photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Sarah Fillier, the “Next One” whose time appears to be now, scored her first two goals of the tournament to lead Canada to a 4-1 win over Switzerland in Group A action in Herning tonight.

Although the win was deserved and dominant, one of the stories of the night was Alina Marti's goal at 12:32 of the third period. It marked the first time ever – ever! – in Women's Worlds play that the Swiss had scored against Canada. Their previous eight losses in all-time head-to-head games were all by shutout.

The goal was a pretty one as well. It came off the rush, Laura Zimmerman firing a hard pass from the left boards to Marti in the slot. She wasted no time in taking a quick shot that eluded Ann-Renee Desbiens.

"I think Lena Marie chipped it out to centre," Marti recalled after the game. "I passed it to Laura and she got it to me and I shot and it went in. We didn't talk about scoring before the game. We just talked about wanting to play well, but it's nice that I scored."

"I think we got better each period, which is what we're trying to do," Fillier offered. "We had a ton of o-zone play and had some good habits. Our line changes were good, but I think we settled for play on the outside in the o-zone, and Switzerland clogged up the middle and blocked a lot of shots. I think we need to battle a little bit more to get those dangerous scoring chances."

Nevertheless, Canada outshot the Swiss by a 46-8 score, and only Andrea Braendli's sensational play prevented a blowout. For Canada, Jocelyne Larocque was, well, "la rock" on the blue line, logging a team high 24:09 and letting not so much as a loose hair get by her.
Canada vs Switzerland - 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship
CAN SUI 27 AUG 2022
Canada came out firing on all cylinders, providing immediate notice to the Swiss that this would be another grind. Canada’s tenacity in the offensive zone and aggressive puck pursuit between the blue lines all but prevented the Swiss from generating any decent scoring chances. The only exceptions came during two Swiss power plays, but even then they managed only a couple of decent chances, only to be met by the letter perfect goaltending of Desbiens, who was making her second straight start.

Canada got the only goal of the period after several waves of pressure which stifled the Swiss every time they so much as tried to get the puck out over their own blue line. In the end, the puck came onto Filler’s stick in the high slot, and her shot hit something in front and dropped into the net behind Braendli, also making her second straight start.

"I just made a play to Ella and she was wide open up top," Filler described. "She hit me back, and I got a lucky bounce off a couple of shin pads and in. It's nice to get some puck luck early in the game."

The Canadians nearly got another later in the period when Erin Ambrose hit Sarah Potomak with a brilliant stretch pass, setting Potomak in the clear. But Braendli stood her ground and made the save on the deke.

The second featured even greater domination by Canada, to the tune of a 19-1 shots discrepancy. They doubled their lead at 9:40 off more pressure that forced Lisa Ruedi into a turnover in the corner. The puck rolled onto the stick of Fillier, and she beat Braendli with a hard shot to the short side.

A minute and a half later, Canada struck again off another turnover, this one just inside the Swiss blue line. Blayre Turnbull then fed Emily Clark with a nice pass, and her quick shot also eluded Braendli. The Swiss got their best chance late in the period off a Canadian turnover. The dangerous trio of Alina Muller-Lara Stalder-Noemi Ryhner was on, and Muller dropped the puck to Stalder while Ryhner went to the net. The connecting pass was perfect, but Desbiens was rock solid in making her toughest save of the night (and only one of the period).

Marti's historic marker got the Swiss back into the game, and they thought they had scored soon after on a power play, but the whistle had gone before the puck went in because the referee behind the goal had lost sight of the puck. Turnbull salted the win at 18:46 when her shot on a partial break trickled through Braendli's pads and over the goal line.
Canada vs Switzerland - 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship