The last time these two teams met, it was a 5-0 rout by the Canadians that saw Andrea Brändli chased from the net at the start of the third period. Were things any different this time around?
Let’s take a look.
Canada came out just as strong as they have all tournament long with their offense firing on all cylinders and their defense locking things down. The team didn’t spend much time in their zone at all, instead dominating at Switzerland’s end of the ice and potting two goals by the end of the first twenty minutes, courtesy of Renata Fast and Mélodie Daoust, respectively.
CANADA GOAL!— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) August 30, 2021
Daoust redirects a shot from the blue line to extend Canada's lead and it is *chef's kiss*.
CAN 2 - 0 SUI pic.twitter.com/zp67ilFso5
The second period was more of the same, with Team Canada tacking on an additional 23 shots on goal and putting one more behind Brändli — another tip by Daoust. The forward corps was on top of their game in the middle frame (say that three times fast), taking chances, taking names, and taking shots.
In the final frame, the only goal came in the final five minutes, with Rebecca Johnston tacking one on to finish the Swiss off.
Goals scored by Canada: Fast, Daoust (x2), Johnston
Switzerland struggled a little bit out of the gate, allowing two goals in under two minutes early in the first period. They couldn’t quite get the puck out of their own zone either, though they did get a handful of good would-be breakaways that were quickly stopped by the stalwart Canadian defense.
The second period looked a little bit better for the Swiss, as they registered five shots on goal and got several quality opportunities. Their biggest chance came at the end of the period when Canada’s Ella Shelton went off on an interference call; however, Team Switzerland couldn’t convert and the end of the period killed the momentum of the split power play.
What a split save by Andrea Brändli on Mélodie Daoust. A showstopper to deny the wraparound attempt. pic.twitter.com/AZFJavgWbY— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) August 31, 2021
The best opportunity for Team Switzerland came in the third period, when Noemi Ryhner got a breakaway on the penalty kill. A good back check from Erin Ambrose meant that Ryhner’s shot pinged off the post, but oh, it would have been beautiful.
Goals scored by Switzerland: None
TIG’s Players of the Game
These are not the same as the IIHF’s Players of the Game. This honor is based on performance and also vibes.
Canada: Emma Maltais
Switzerland: Andrea Brändli