Calgary – Melody Doust hopes the first Women’s Hockey World Championship final of her career will bring home gold for Canada.
The 29-year-old from Valleyfield, Ky., scored two goals to lead the host nation in the semi-final 4-0 against Switzerland on Monday.
Canada will face defending champions United States for the gold medal on Tuesday.
The Americans are aiming for a sixth consecutive world title and ninth in the last 10 world championships.
Canada won its last world title in 2012 in Burlington, Vermont.
“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time,” Doust said.
Canada returned to the gold medal game in 2019 after losing to Finland in the semi-finals and winning bronze in Espoo.
It was the first time in the history of the tournament that the Canadiens had not reached the final.
Doust is a two-time Olympian, but she donned the Maple Leaf at the World Championships for the second time since her debut in Espoo.
“It’s been a long road, lots of ups and downs with injuries and I’m really happy to be surrounded by this team,” Doust said.
She leads the scoring championship with six goals and six assists in six appearances ahead of teammate Natalie Spooner with four goals and five assists.
Renata Fast had one goal and one assist, Rebecca Johnston scored and Marie-Philippe Paulin scored two assists for hosts Canada, who went undefeated in the tournament.
Ann-Renée Desbiennes made 10 saves. Andrea Brandly was a net workaholic for Switzerland, intercepting 61 of 65 shots.
“He’s a big part (of why today it’s just four and nothing,” said Swiss captain Lara Stalder.
The 2020 Women’s Championship has been canceled due to COVID-19. The 2021 tournament was rescheduled for Calgary in August after Nova Scotia canceled it in May.
After the final chimes, Daut approaches the glass to congratulate his three-year-old son, Mathios. Daoust hasn’t kissed her son since July when she and her teammates arrived in Calgary.
“Too long. We have been here in Calgary for over 40 days,” said Daust. “It has certainly been a challenge, but I am so happy to be surrounded by all my friends here to pick me up every day. is happening.
“I think it really helps when you have a goal in mind. That’s the reason I’m here. And I want to show her that if you have a dream in your mind, you want to see it.” . I hope he is proud of me.” .
The Americans beat Finland 3-0 early Monday.
Canada defeated the United States 5–1 to top the prelims and set a 4–0 record in Group A. Canada defeated Germany 7–0 in the quarter-finals.
The Swiss finished 0-4 in Group A.
The 3–2 overtime win over Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final was Switzerland’s first win in the tournament and the Swiss lead in the final for the first time since 2012, when they won bronze.
Switzerland made an occasional entry into Canada territory on Monday, but spent most of their time and energy in their own territory trying to keep Puck out of their network.
Johnston fired a shot from the far corner for a power play goal of the third period at 4:58 p.m.
Canada paid Switzerland for a glove from Sarah Forster to Emily Clark’s face after Doust’s power-play goal was blown off a whistle in the second period.
Polin’s shot deflected Daust into the air and at 5:20 on Bradley.
Daust scored his first goal in the opening period at 6:52 with a long recombination of a quick shot.
Fast had plenty of canvas to work with from the niche when Brian Jenner fed him off the wing at 5:14.
Canada defeated Switzerland 5–0 in the opening round and have yet to score a goal for Switzerland in eight World Championship games.
Finland and Switzerland will play for bronze, and Russia and Japan will meet in a fifth-place game on Tuesday.
This Canadian Press report was first published on August 30, 2021.
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