Fillier’s 3-point effort leads Canada in 5-0 win over Japan at worlds

Despite a huge effort, it wasn’t the easiest game for Team Canada.

Sarah Fillier scored twice and provided an assist as Canada beat Japan 5-0 at the Women’s World Hockey Championship on Saturday. Canada threw 60 balls at the net, making it nearly impossible for Japan to leave their area for much of the evening.

“Those games are tough,” Canada coach Troy Ryan said. “You can personalize a little bit, but I don’t think we got it right.

“I think there’s little to no spell in what we’ve done, I think what’s actually stopping it with the individual is that every time we get the individual, we end up flipping the puck over and taking the penalty because of it, and that’s what we need to make We get out of trouble.”

Brianne Jenner, Sarah Nurse scored and assisted and Natalie Spooner also scored for Canada in front of a declared crowd of 3,755 at the CAA Center. Emerance Maschmeyer made 11 saves in her first game.

“Of course, it’s great to finish my first race,” Maschmeyer said. “Obviously, my team played a very good game.

“I think our habits are good, sometimes when you have so much shot time, it’s hard to play 60 minutes with good habits, but I think our team really did.”

This is the second time the two teams have met since 2000, the last time Canada won 9-0 at last year’s World Championships.

Canada improved to 8-0 against Japan. Since the first Women’s World Championship in 1990, Canada has beaten Japan 96-0.

Miyuu Masuhara stopped 31 shots for Japan, while Riko Kawaguchi turned away 24 shots. Japan entered Saturday’s game with back-to-back losses to the United States and the Czech Republic 9-2.

“We were blocked on many first shots and the goalkeeper played very well,” Japan coach Yuji Iizuka said through a translator. “We played hard.”

Canada will face arch-rivals the United States in a Group A match next Monday. The two have met in the gold medal finals of the previous two World Championships and the 2022 Beijing Olympics, where Team Canada ended up with gold medals.

With Canada missing a number of chances at the net on Saturday, Nurse pointed to her team’s execution — or lack thereof — in the frontcourt as an area of ​​improvement on Monday.

“I think it’s definitely our cyber front,” Nurse said. “We were pretty good in front of the net, taking away the keeper’s sight, but when the puck was lying there, we had to figure out how to get the ball back into the net.

“…we’ve got some of the best front-line players in the world in the world, so I’m sure it’s going to come together.”

Blayre Turnbull opened the scoring at 1:21 in the race, but it was canceled after a video review in which officials ruled that Laura Stacey occupied the crease.

Marie-Philip Poulin used some clever puck handling to get through the Japanese defense, but after losing slight control of the puck, regained it outside the net and found Jenner for the game’s opening goal at 3:56. It was Jenner’s first scoring point of the game.

Fillier doubled Canada’s lead at 8:03 when she scored from an open spot after a quick shot by Renata.

Nurse got things going with a tip-in on an Erin Ambrose field goal at the 3:34 mark of the second quarter. The goal came 34 seconds into the power play after Rui Ukita was called to hook.

Spooner joined the game with 1:25 left. Jamie Lee Rattray flipped the ice pass to a streaking Spooner, who tapped the ball off the post, bounced off Kawaguchi and scored.

Canada beat Japan 43-5 in 40 minutes, with Japan’s four field goals coming in the second quarter.

After a first period that saw Japan struggle to get the puck out of its own zone, Maschmeyer was forced to stand high in midfield on several occasions. One of them was a 2-on-1 chance, Ukita passing the ball to Remi Koyama whose shot was blocked.

Fillier made it 5-0 with 3:19 left, burying the ball home from the edge of the net.

Abdulhamid Ibrahim, Canadian Press

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