By the numbers: A look at the Canada-USA rivalry ahead of the WWHC gold medal game

There’s no better hockey rivalry than the one between Canada and the United States on the international women’s stage.

And this year, after being treated to an incredible showdown at the Olympics this winter, we’re ready for another summer showcase as hockey’s best face off in Denmark on Sunday to determine who will win gold at the 2022 Women’s Worlds. the IIHF. Championship.

Before the puck drop, here’s a look at the numbers on Canada and the United States at the world championships when gold is on the line.

1: This year marks the first time the IIHF has hosted a women’s world championship in an Olympic year. After back-to-back COVID-induced cancellations, the hockey world is blessed with an extra dose of elite international hockey this year.

3-1: Canada’s post-round robin record, placing them second in the standings heading into the playoff round after losing to the Americans in the preliminary round. Team USA is undefeated at the tournament this year.

5: Last August, Team Canada won gold for the first time in a decade, ending Team USA’s five-game gold medal streak at the tournament. That golden streak represented a shift at the top of the women’s hockey world, with the Americans setting the standard. In the early days of the tournament, starting with the inaugural event in 1990, Canada consistently took first place – they won eight straight gold medals, but since that streak ended in 2005, they haven’t. have won only three times.

7-11-18: That’s the stat line of Team USA striker Taylor Heise, who leads this year’s tournament across the board. This is Heise’s first appearance at the world championships, and given his resounding success, it’s safe to say it won’t be his last.

8: In 20 WWHC final encounters between Canada and the United States, eight have gone to overtime – including their last three gold medal encounters – including one (2005) requiring a shootout to settle the score.

ten: Sarah Fillier, with her five goals and five assists, is Canada’s leading scorer at the tournament so far with 10 points.

11-9: In the previous 20 world championship tournaments since the event’s inception in 1990, Canada and the United States are the only two nations to win its first prize, with the Canucks holding 11 championship gold medals. world against nine for the American team. This tradition will continue once again this year with the renewal of the rivalry on Sunday.

20: This is now the 20th time Canada and the United States have met in the gold medal game. The only year we didn’t have a cross-border battle for gold was in 2019 when Canada lost in the semi-finals to Finland and then won bronze against ROC. Last year’s tournament, the first since 2019 due to COVID cancellations, marked Canada’s rebound to the top.

21: The United States has never missed the gold medal game at the women’s world championships. He earned his 21st consecutive place in the tournament final with Saturday’s 10-1 win over Czechia.

29: You can’t talk about the gold medal games between Canada and the United States without mentioning the formidable number 29, Marie-Philip Poulin. We all know her record on the Olympic stage: she scored the game-winning goal in Canada’s last three gold victories at the Games (2010, 2014, 2022). It wouldn’t surprise anyone if she were to give the same treatment at the world championship. After all, Canada’s golden victory at Worlds last August to break America’s winning streak was scored by none other than captain Clutch herself…in overtime, of course. After two consecutive scoreless games in this tournament, Poulin scored twice against Switzerland on Saturday. Did you just warm up?

47: Through four round robin games and two in the playoffs, Team USA has been absolutely dominant offensively, outscoring their opponents by an aggregate score of 52-5 for a plus-47 goal differential. Canada outscored their opponents 30-8.

87: With her 87th career WWHC point on Thursday against Hungary, Hilary Knight set a new tournament record for all points in time on the Women’s World Championship stage, surpassing Hayley Wickenheiser’s 86. Knight added two more goals against Czech Republic on Saturday to take his tally to 89.

2004 : The last time Canada successfully defended its World Championship title was in 2004, after winning the 2001 tournament. (There was no WWHC in 2002 due to the Olympics, and the 2003 event was canceled due to an outbreak of SARS.)


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