Senators bring back Erik Brannstrom, Canada wins Gold at Women’s World

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Apr 28, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom (26) skates with the puck in front of Florida Panthers left wing Ryan Lomberg (94) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators brought back defenseman Erik Brannstrom on Monday with a one-year deal worth $900,000.

Brannstrom, 23, registered 14 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 53 games in his fourth season with the Senators in 2021-22. He has two goals and 29 assists in 116 games with Ottawa.

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“Erik is among our group of young players who we’re looking upon to take another step forward next season,” general manager Pierre Dorion said. “He’s competitive, has an ability to efficiently move the puck and showed well when asked to take on an increased role last season. We’re hopeful that experience pays dividends for him in the year ahead.”

Brannstrom was drafted in the first round (15th overall) in 2017 by the Vegas Golden Knights, who traded him to Ottawa in the Mark Stone deal in February 2019.

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Apr 10, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom (26) skates with the puck in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Canada wins Women’s World Championship

Team Canada, on a goal by Brianne Jenner defeated Team USA 2-1 on Sunday to win Gold at the Women’s World Championship in Denmark.

The U.S. would make it close with a tally by Abby Roque but Canadian goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens held the fort making 20 saves on 21 shots.

“I love the way we played,” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team. “I thought that we came out with a game plan that we executed. Each line was extremely valuable in trying to wear down a veteran team that’s big and mobile and I thought we did that as diligently as we possibly could. You don’t have a lot of room for error in these games, and unfortunately, they got a couple goals from outside the dots and their goalie didn’t give up a lot tonight. We had some unbelievable chances, but we didn’t find a way to convert.”

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With the victory, Canada’s women repeats their Gold medal performance from 2021.

Earlier this summer, Canada’s men won the Wold Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article