Defeat USA Dominant Puck Possession & More – The Athletic

After a surprising – albeit welcome (if you’re a Canadian) – 5-1 win over Team USA on Thursday night, Team Canada advance to the round of 16 at the IIHF Women’s World Championships as a seeded No. 1 in the world.

Canada posted a perfect 4-0 record in the prelims, beating Finland, the Russian Olympic Committee, Switzerland and the United States in Group A, scoring five goals in each game. Canada and the Czech Republic (Group B) are the only undefeated teams in the tournament.

As the No. 1 seed, Canada will face No. 8 seed Germany on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET). Canada is 7-0 all-time against Germany and outscored the Germans 71-0 in those games.

For Sunday’s semi-finals, the highest-ranked team – by group level and group ranking – will play against the lowest-ranked semi-finalist, and the # 2 team will face off against the # 3 team. . The last two teams in contention will play for gold on Tuesday. The current rankings are as follows:

The line break indicates the distribution between the five teams in group A and the three qualified teams in group B.

Before the puck falls for the round of 16, let’s look back on Canada’s first four games to see what we’ve learned and what it could mean for the games that matter most.

Defeat the USA team

Let’s start with the key measuring stick game for Team Canada in the preliminary round, the game against the Americans.

As mentioned, it didn’t quite go as planned. Both teams entered the game unbeaten in Group A, and the United States had yet to score a goal in the tournament. But Canada were relentless in their pressure to drop the puck and really forced the United States out of their game.


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