Canada enters day 4 with 6 points total; following up their opening day loss to Slovakia with wins against the U.S. and the U.K. Italy looks for its first regulation win following tough battles on its opening three days at the World Championships.

Italy fought hard despite Canada’s experience!

Canada had possession early but it wasn’t until the 10:18 mark of the first when April Drake broke through. Sarah Francis put Canada up by two 7:26 into the second after a hard shot from the right side. Canada’s goalie Sugiyama’s turn to shine came midway through the 2nd but she was up to the challenge as the Italians put on the pressure.

Just 15 seconds into the 3rd period the Italians came to life again with Alicia Furletti-Blomberg scoring to put the Italian bench into a frenzy. Tamara Pickford came right back for Canada three minutes later to restore the lead and Devon Skeats scored the final goal of the game for Canada midway through the 3rd.

Canada now faces the host Czechs tomorrow night in what should be a terrific matchup. Italy will face Slovakia on Day 5 of women’s action.

The Italian girls gave Canada all they could handle!

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