Women’s Worlds day one recap: Taylor Heise’s five assists beat Team USA in blowout win


Team USA got off to a flying start at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a 10-0 victory over Team Japan on Thursday.

Forward Taylor Heise scored half of the goals for the Americans and finished the game with a plus-5 rating. The 22-year-old from Lake City, Minnesota was named Team USA Player of the Game.

Check out this fantastic assist from Heise late in the second half to set up Alex Carpenter’s first of two goals in the game:

Hush. It’s a backhand pass through three defenders of the Japanese team.

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Team USA starting goaltender Nicole Hensley recorded the shutout for her team on Thursday, stopping all six shots she faced in 60 minutes of action.

At the other end, Japan goalie Miyuu Masuhara performed relatively well in relief of starter Akane Konishi, making 30 saves on 33 shots. The Americans sprinkled their opponents with 62 shots in the game.

We selected striker Akane Shiga as a player to watch for Team Japan in our tournament preview, and the talented 21-year-old was the only member of her team to register multiple shots in the game. Keep an eye out for Shiga as Team Japan takes on Team Switzerland on Friday.

Carpenter was the only Team USA player to score twice in Thursday’s game. Eight other players found the back of the net: Kelly Pannek, Rory Guilday, Caroline Harvey, Hayley Scamurra, Lacey Eden, Hannah Bilka, Abby Roque and Amanda Kessel.

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Roque, who became the first Indigenous woman to play for Team USA at the Olympics earlier this year, showed why she can be a scorching start at this year’s Worlds with her goal on Thursday. What a deviation!

Team USA will be back in action on Saturday for what should be a great game against Group A opponents Finland.

Snapshots

  • Sweden striker Hanna Olsson lived up to her enormous potential in Thursday’s game against Denmark, scoring a hat trick to propel the Swedes to a 5-2 victory. Olsson, 23, missed the entire 2020-21 Swedish League season with a knee injury but showed no signs of rust in the tournament opener, taking five shots on goal in 15 :40. Here are the highlights of the game:
  • After Sarah Nurse and Marie-Philip Poulin (surprise, surprise) scored Team Canada’s first two goals against Team Finland, none other than Meaghan Mikkelson scored the insurance goal for the Canadians in the 3-1 victory. Mikkelson, 37, is making a career comeback at Worlds 2022, having not represented Canada at a major tournament since the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
  • How about a tournament-opening victory for the Hungarian team? Having won just one game (against the Denmark team) at the 2021 Worlds, the Hungarians have already equaled that result this year after a 4-2 victory against the Germany team on Thursday. Franciska Kiss-Simon led the way with a pair of goals for the Hungary team in the contest.

Day 1 Results

Team Japan 0, United States Team 10

Team Germany 2, Team Hungary 4

Team Finland 1, Team Canada 4

Team Denmark 2, Team Sweden 5

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Schedule for day 2

Team Switzerland vs. Team Japan — 12:30 p.m. ET (available on TSN)

Team Hungary vs. Team Czechia – 1:00 p.m. ET



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