CALGARY – Canada secured offensive contributions throughout the roster in a 5-1 win over Russia at the women’s world hockey championship on Sunday.
Sarah Fillier, Ella Shelton, Erin Ambrose, Melodie Daoust and Rebecca Johnston scored for the Canadians in their first meeting with the Russians since defeating them for bronze at the 2019 world championship.
Fourteen players from the Canadian roster obtained an offensive point in the game. Ann-Renee Desbiens made six saves for the win.
Olga Sosina scored a power-play goal with one second left in regulation for Russia.
Nadezhda Morozova made 33 saves in the loss. She was replaced in the second half by Anna Prugova, who stopped 24 shots.
The Canadian hosts (2-0) meet Switzerland (0-2) on Tuesday in Pool A before concluding the preliminary round on Thursday against the defending US champion
The United States (1-0) and Finland (0-1) met in a subsequent Pool A match on Sunday. The Czech Republic (2-0) overtook Hungary (0-2) 4-2 in Pool B.
The quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, followed by the semi-finals on August 30 and the medal matches on August 31.
Russia continues to be named “ROC” (Russian Olympic Committee) in IIHF tournaments, with no flag of the country or anthem played, due to World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions against the country in international sport.
Canada outscored Russia 62-7 and dominated puck possession.
The Russians aggressively used their sticks and bodies to shatter the scoring chances early in front of Morozova, who swallowed up shots from the perimeter, but their defense started to crumble midway through the second period.
Johnston redirected a shot from Emily Clark at home at 14:09 of the third period for a 5-0 lead for the hosts.
Valeria Pavlova hit the post on a breakaway after Daoust scored Canada’s fourth goal. The Canadian hit in a rebound on a Natalie Spooner shot two minutes into the third period.
Morozova was replaced by Prugova after Ambrose’s slap shot from the point deflected Russian defender Anna Savonina and at 13:48 of the second.
Canada were leading 2-0 when Shelton caged a Brianne Jenner pass from the far boards and beat Morozova’s glove with a wrist shot at 9:11.
Fillier scored her second in as many games, putting the puck between Morozova’s pads in a strange run at 7:29.
The 2021 Women’s Championship was scheduled to take place in Nova Scotia in April, but was postponed to May and ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hockey Canada has moved and postponed the 10 Country Tournament to Calgary in August.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 22, 2021.