Calgary – Melody Doust scored one goal and two assists, Natalie Spooner scored a brace and Canada defeated Switzerland 5-0 in the Women’s World Hockey Championship on Tuesday night.
Despite the three victories in as many matches, Canada remains second in Group A after the United States, which has a slightly better goal difference for/against to break the tie.
Emily Clark hit the target with shorthand and Jamie Bourbonnet completed the score.
In the first half, the Canadians exploded with four goals in the second half, including two in 17 seconds in midfield. They completed the match with 63 shots against Andrea Brindley and Saskia Maurer.
Spooner scored in the second half and completed her double in the third, and each time her teammates’ shots acted after taking a position in front of the opponent’s net.
“The more you advance in your career, the more you have to develop as a player to stay at that level,” Spooner said.
“If you look at the way I played eight or ten years ago, there is no doubt that I was a different player. I was probably trying a lot to challenge opponents one-on-one. I found the parts where I worked in my game, and really focused on that,” Spooner added.
On her first run since the start of the tournament, Emerance Maschmeyer saved all 12 shots she faced.
Canadian captain Mary Philip Pauline blocked a shot in the upper chest in the third game and returned to the ailing team bench.
She didn’t finish the match, but she appears to have avoided a serious injury, according to Hockey Canada.
“It was a bit scary during the match. I am happy to tell you that Mary Philip is doing very well,” said Gina Kingsbury, the women’s national team manager, after the match.
“We will continue to evaluate it and make sure it continues to function well.”
Canada will complete the preliminary round (3-0) on Thursday against the United States.
The Americans will then try to extend their winning streak in the world championships to 30. Their last loss was in a preliminary round match against Canada in 2013.
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