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GAMEDAY: Team USA Closes Out Prelims Against Canada

By USA Hockey, 08/30/22, 3:15AM EDT

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U.S. to play Canada to determine top seed in playoffs

HERNING, Denmark – The U.S. (3-0-0-0) looks to close out the preliminary round with a perfect record, matching up against Canada in its final preliminary round game on Tuesday. Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. local time, 2 p.m. ET and can be viewed live on NHL Network. 

TODAY'S MATCHUP

Today's matchup against Canada marks the final preliminary-round games for Team USA, after shutting out Switzerland, 9-0, on Tuesday. The U.S. currently sits undefeated in Group A at 3-0-0-0, having outscored its opponents 25 to 1. With Canada also undefeated, today's winner will determine the winner of Group A and the top seed heading into the playoff round. 

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. Women’s National Team used goals from seven different players, including two from both Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) and Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), to earn a 9-0 win over Switzerland. Heise's first goal of the night marked her first score as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) recorded three assists as Team USA outshot the Swiss, 57-4 in the winning effort. Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) recorded the four-save shutout in net.

AGAINST CANADA...

In 30 women's worlds matchups, Team USA holds an 11-4-9-6 record against Canada, winning eight of the last 10 meetings between the two foes. Of the last 10, five have been a one-goal game. 

KNIGHT APPROACHES ALL-TIME WWC POINTS RECORD

Forward Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) currently sits second all-time in career WWC points with 84, having passed Jayna Hefford with a three-point effort against Switzerland. She is two away from tying and three from breaking the all-time WWC point record.

            1. Hayley Wickenheiser (CAN), 86

            2. Hilary Knight (USA), 84

Knight holds the all-time career WWC goals record with 49 having broken the record during the 2021 WWC. 

POWERING UP

The U.S. has scored on six of its 16 power-play opportunities, good for a 37.5% success rate, the best in the tournament. Over 20 percent of Team USA's total goals (25) have come on the extra-skater chances. 

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE

Team USA's defense has yielded just 26 shots and one goal all tournament. Both Japan and Switzerland recorded under 10 shots the entire game, with Japan at six and Switzerland at 4.

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