Canada in 5-0 win over Japan at worlds women’s hockey championship in Brampton


Published April 9, 2023 at 7:57 am

Sarah Fillier had two goals and an assist as Canada earned a 5-0 win over Japan on Saturday at the world women’s hockey championship.

Brianne Jenner, Sarah Nurse, with a goal and an assist, and Natalie Spooner also scored for Canada in front of an announced crowd of 3,755 at the CAA Centre. Emerance Maschmeyer made 11 saves in her first start of the tournament.

It was just the second time the two teams had met since 2000, with the last meeting being a 9-0 Canada win at last year’s worlds.

Canada improved to 8-0 all-time against Japan. The Canadians have outscored Japan 96-0 dating back to the inaugural women’s world championship in 1990.

Miyuu Masuhara stopped 31 shots for Japan, while Riko Kawaguchi turned away 24 shots in relief. The Japanese were outscored 9-2 in consecutive losses — to the U.S. and Czechia — entering Saturday’s contest.

Canada next faces archrival United States on Monday in Group A play. The two have met in the gold-medal final of the previous two world championships and 2022 Beijing Olympics, with Canada coming away with gold each time.

Blayre Turnbull scored the opening goal 1:21 into the game but it was waved off after a video review, in which officials ruled that Laura Stacey was occupying the crease.

Marie-Philip Poulin used some slick puck handling to weave through Japan’s defence but after losing slight control of the puck, regained it just beyond the net and found Jenner in the slot for the game’s opening goal 3:56 in. It was Jenner’s first marker of the tournament.

Fillier doubled Canada’s lead 8:03 in when she scored from the slot on a rebound from a missed Renata Fast shot.

Nurse got things going in the second period when she tipped in an Erin Ambrose point shot at 3:34 on the power play. The goal came 34 seconds into the power play after Rui Ukita was called for hooking.

Spooner joined in on the action with 1:25 remaining in the frame. Jamie Lee Rattray sent a cross-ice pass to the streaking Spooner, who tapped the puck off the post and it bounced off Kawaguchi and in.

Canada outshot Japan 43-5 through 40 minutes of play, with four of Japan’s shots coming in the second period.

After a first period that saw Japan struggle to get the puck out of its own zone, Maschmeyer was forced to stand tall on a couple of occasions in the middle frame. One of those was a 2-on-1 opportunity in which Ukita sent a pass across to Remi Koyama whose shot was turned away.

Fillier made it 5-0 with 3:19 remaining when she buried the puck home from the side of the net.

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