Hockey Canada Media Recap – Friday’s Notes
2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Canada’s National Women’s Team earned its second win in as many games with a 5-1 victory over Czechia at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship Friday night at the CAA Centre.
- Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA) scored her 100th international goal with Canada’s National Women’s Team to open the scoring 8:03 into the game. Poulin joins Danielle Goyette, Jayna Hefford and Hayley Wickenheiser in reaching the century mark. She added her second of the game in the third period.
- Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./PWHPA) added a goal and three assists. Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA) and Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./PWHPA) scored Canada’s other goals.
- Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA) and Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man./PWHPA) chipped in with two helpers apiece.
- Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./PWHPA) and Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont./PWHPA) added an assist each.
- Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./PWHPA) played in her 150th international game with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que.) turned aside 14 of 15 shots.
- Canada outshot Czechia 42-15.
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“Obviously she’s a special player who is a game changer. She knows how to break a game open with her skill, her physicality and her passion, and [she is] a great leader. She’s the ultimate leader; the person she is, the character she brings, the player she is and the skill. Everything you want in a leader, she has it.”
- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on the talent of Poulin
“Being included among those women (Goyette, Hefford, Wickenheiser) is special, but tonight when I hit that milestone, coming back to the bench and seeing the smile on my teammates and seeing how happy they are for me personally is something that will stick with me. It is very special and doing on home soil is very special, but we also have a goal; we’re not done and we have a lot of work still to do here.”
- Poulin on her 100th international goal
“I think the first two periods really wasn’t our game or our style. We were on our heels a bit, but Czechia played great; they were fast and played us aggressive. At intermission between the second and third period we talked about focussing on our style not only on the ice but on the bench. We got quiet in the second when things weren’t going our way, so our focus in the third was to celebrate the little things and get back to the smiley, happy Team Canada that we are. Czechia plays with a lot of confidence, which is impressive considering they are fairly new to this pool. I like the way they play; any team we play wants to beat us and they didn’t stop that, and I think it was fun to play a team that was hungry like them.”
- Turnbull on facing a determined and physical Czech team
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