Canada clinched first place in its pool and advanced to the medal round with a 7-0 win over Sweden at the Women’s World Hockey Championship Monday.
Defending champion U.S. joined Canada in the medal round with an 8-0 win over Russia in Pool A to also finish 2-0.
Host Finland aimed to join them as the Pool C victor by winning their game against Switzerland later Monday.
The two countries with the best record in the medal round advance to Sunday’s final. Canada and the U.S. have met in all previous 11 world championship finals. Sweden has to win the round of pool runners-up to get to the bronze-medal game.
Defenceman Carla MacLeod of Calgary paced Canada’s offence with a goal and four assists. Captain Hayley Wickenheiser scored short-handed for her third of the tournament and 19-year-old Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., also notched her third.
Montreal forward Caroline Ouellette and Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Que., each contributed their second goal in as many games. Colleen Sostorics of Kennedy, Sask., chipped in a power-play goal and Winnipeg’s Jennifer Botterill also scored for Canada.
Kim St-Pierre of Chateauguay, Que., earned the 18-save shutout, while Swedish counterpart Sara Grahn stopped 32 of 39 shots.
Canada exacted revenge for its first loss ever to Sweden in their previous meeting, which the Swedes won 2-1 in overtime at the Four Nations Cup in November. That loss in Lake Placid, N.Y., ended Canada’s 56-game unbeaten run against Sweden.
St-Pierre’s difficult save on a screened shot by Cecilia Östberg late in the second period preserved her team’s 3-0 lead and she held off a Swedish charge late in the third when they had a two-man advantage.
Botterill scored her first of the tournament at 19:24 of the third period as she beat Grahn five-hole.
Johnston won the battle for the puck in the corner, took two strides out from the boards and beat Grahn with a high shot at 7:22 of the third to make it 6-0 for Canada.
MacLeod caught the Swedish defence high in the neutral zone and sprung Wickenheiser for a breakaway. She rifled a shot off the cross bar and in for Canada’s fifth goal at 3:14.
Poulin, the third-youngest to ever play for Canada in a World Championship or Olympics at 18 years seven days, made it 4-0 at 1:38 of the third. She deked Swedish defenceman Emilia Andersson and beat Grahn with a backhand.
Canada’s power play that went 0-for-19 at the Four Nations Cup has revived at this World Championship. Sostorics scored her country’s third goal of the tournament with a man advantage at 12:24 of the second period.
The Swedes earned their first win over Canada on the strength of two power-play goals. Canada’s penalty-killers killed off six chances Monday, including a five-on-three in the third.
After a give-and-go with MacLeod, Sostorics wired the puck through traffic to beat Grahn, who earned her country’s historic win in Lake Placid, to make it 3-0 in the second period.
While the U.S. is Canada’s traditional rival, the Canadians showed no love for and received none from the Swedes as there was bumping, pushing and high elbows after the whistle.
Ouellette took exception to Katarina Timglas’ elbow to MacLeod’s head in the first period. Their shoving match resulted in both players heading to the penalty box.
Grahn bobbled MacLeod’s shot from what seemed an impossible angle – from the intersection of the boards and the goal-line – to make it 2-0 for Canada 10:53 of the first period.
Jayna Hefford and Botterill showed patience in the high slot and Ouellette finished their passing play by dropping to her knee and beating Grahn’s right pad to make it 1-0 at 2:22.
NOTES: Ouellette is one point from a career 150…Canadian forward Haley Irwin is a teammate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth of Swedes Kim Martin, Jenni Asserholt, Elin Holmlöv and Pernilla Winberg.
02:22 – GOAL – Ouellette (Hefford, Botterill)
04:59 – PEN – Ward, body checking
07:54 – PEN – Ouellette, roughing
07:54 – PEN – Rooth, roughing
10:53 – GOAL – MacLeod (Johnston, Mikkelson)
12:57 – PEN – MacLeod, tripping
14:23 – PEN – team, too many players
14:48 – PEN – Wickenheiser, slashing
14:48 – PEN – Timglas, roughing
15:08 – PEN – Vaillancourt, cross checking
16:20 – PEN – Eliasson, boarding
22:50 – PEN – Mikkelson, hooking
27:13 – PEN – Vaillancourt, high sticking
29:44 – PEN – Nevalainen, interference
31:02 – PEN – Enström, cross checking
32:26 – PP GOAL – Sostorics (MacLeod, Bonhomme)
41:38 – GOAL – Poulin (Ward, Agosta)
42:27 – PEN – Irwin, elbowing
43:14 – SH GOAL – Wickenheiser (MacLeod)
44:58 – PEN – Jordansson, hooking
47:22 – GOAL – Johnston (Kingsbury, MacLeod)
53:58 – PEN – Kellar, interference
55:16 – PEN – Wickenheiser, body checking
59:24 – GOAL – Botterill (Hefford, MacLeod)
W: St-Pierre (18-18)
L: Grahn (32-39)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+13+13 = 39
5+7+6 = 18
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Kim St-Pierre. Defence: Tessa Bonhomme, Gillian Ferrari, Becky Kellar, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Hayley Wickenheiser.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Valentina Lizana. Defence: Emilia Andersson, Gunilla Andersson, Jenni Asserholt, Emma Eliasson, Frida Nevalainen, Emma Nordin. Forwards: Tina Enström, Elin Holmlöv, Erika Holst, Isabelle Jordansson, Klara Myrén, Maria Rooth, Danijela Rundqvist, Frida Svedin Thunström, Katarina Timglas, Erica Udén Johansson, Pernilla Winberg, Cecilia Östberg.
(+ 1 tie)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SWE)
CAN 4-0 SWE – 04/25/1987 – WWT – North York
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. SWE)
SWE 2-1 CAN (OT) – 11/07/2008 – FNC – Lake Placid
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 13-1 CHN – 04/04/2009 – WWC – Hämeenlinna
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 8-0 FIN – 04/08/2009 – WWC – Hämeenlinna