Canadian Olympic gold medalist Natalie Spooner of Scarborough, Ontario recorded a hat trick on Monday as Canada trounced Russia 5-1 at the 2019 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Espoo, Finland. With the win, Canada improves to a record of two wins and one loss. They previously beat Switzerland 6-0 on Thursday and then lost 3-2 to the United States on Saturday.
Spooner also led Canada with four points as she picked up an assist on a goal by Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, Nova Scotia. The only other Canadian with a multi-point game was Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ontario, who had two assists. The other Canadian goal scorer was Canadian Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ontario who scored the game winning goal from Canadian Olympic gold medalist Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Quebec at 4:22 of the second period. Daoust, Johnston, Jenner and Spooner won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Johnston also won a gold medal for Canada in women’s hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Canada will next play Finland at the 2019 Women’s World Hockey Championship on Tuesday. The game will close out Group A play. Like Canada, Finland has a record of two wins and one loss.