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2021 Women’s Worlds: Poulin injury, Knight record headline tournament’s fifth day

An injury scare for Canada’s captain.

Finland v Canada: Group A - 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Hilary Knight and Marie-Philip Poulin were teammates with Les Canadiennes in Montreal, and on Tuesday at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship in Calgary, they made headlines for very different reasons.

Poulin left Canada’s 5-0 win over Switzerland in the third period after taking a shot to the upper body or neck area while defending a five-on-three penalty kill. She left the game, and did not return.

“Obviously a little bit of a scary situation in the game,” said Canada director of hockey operations Gina Kingsbury after the game. “I’m happy to say that Marie-Philip is doing very well. We’re going to continue to assess her and make sure she continues to do well but the good news is that she’s doing well.”

“It’s awful,” said Canada goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer to TSN after the game. “It just shows you what kind of player she is and what kind of teammate she is. We were up 5-0 and she’s willing to block that shot with her neck. That just shows you what kind of leader she is. It’s hard to see your teammate go down like that especially she’s a wonderful human... It’s tough to watch.”

Maschmeyer, who also played with Les Canadiennes and trains in Montreal, was making her first start of the tournament and made 12 saves en route to her second career Worlds shutout. In nine international games, and seven starts since not being named to Canada’s 2018 Olympic roster, Maschmeyer has a 4-3 record with a 1.16 goals against average and .942 save percentage.

“Although the number of shots against were fairly low, the shots that we did give up were some pretty good quality and Emerance did a great job keeping us in it in those situations,” said Canada head coach Troy Ryan. “That’s the luxury of having three quality goalies that we can rely on at any time. In the exhibition game we thought Maschmeyer looked great, she looked confident and she brought that to tonight’s game as well.”

Natalie Spooner had two goals for Canada. Mélodie Daoust had one goal and two assists. Emily Clark and Jaime Bourbonnais, who also train in Montreal had the other goals.

Knight breaks the record

One game after tying Cammi Granato as the top goal scorer in World Championship history, Hilary Knight scored her record-setting 45th goal on Tuesday in a 6-0 United States win over the Russian Olympic Committee.

“When [Brianna Decker] has the puck, you just have to get open,” Knight said about the historic goal. “She was on the half wall and I was able to find some space and put the puck in the back of the net.”

Knight and linemate Kendall Coyne Schofield went to Granato’s camp in Chicago when they were children, and Knight has said she has always looked up to the American star.

“I’m really just speechless right now,” Knight said.

With the assist on Knight’s goal, Decker set a new Team USA record for assists at the World Championship.

“You’re going to have a lot of assists when you’re on a line with Hilary Knight because she can find the back of the net every single night,” Decker said. “I didn’t mean to rhyme there,” she added.

Alex Cavallini made 11 saves in the shutout win. Cavallini and Nicole Hensley have not allowed a goal in three games.

Both the United States and Canada move to 3-0 and it sets up a battle for Group A between the two North American rivals as they face off on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The winner will get the third place team in Group B in the quarterfinal on Saturday while the loser will play the second place team.

Switzerland and Russia both have games against Finland remaining. Those games will decide the bottom section of Group A.

Group B positioning is still in play as well. With Japan’s win over Hungary on Tuesday night, Denmark and Hungary are eliminated, meaning that Germany, Japan, and the Czech Republic will make the quarterfinals. Germany’s games against Japan and the Czech Republic on Wednesday and Thursday will decide the placement of those teams.