Canada completed a perfect preliminary round at the 2011 Four Nations Cup, narrowly defeating host Sweden in a 3-1 victory to advance to the Gold Medal Game, taking their International Hockey Lineal Championship along with them.
Sweden, who have put forth a surprisingly strong effort in their last two games against Canada, including a shocking 6-4 win in August to steal the IHLC away from Canada, the Damkronorna kept pace with Canada after the first period, holding the score to 0-0 despite being outshot 18-11. Canada opened the scoring midway through the second, with Jayna Hefford striking 9:48 into the second to beat Kim Martin for the early 1-0 lead, However, Elin Holmlöv struck back just under three minutes later to beat Shannon Szabados, to tie the game 1-1 after forty minutes.
However, it was the third where Canada started to pull away, first on a Jennifer Wakefield tally just 1:56 into the third to take the 2-1 lead. And then, with Kristina Vikdahl in the penalty box for a tripping call, Canada struck with a Jayna Hefford Tally just under three minutes after Wakefield’s goal to pull ahead for the 3-1 lead. Canada held the Swedes at bay from there, killing off a key penalty two minutes later, and Szabados turning away all nine Swedish third period shots to hang on for the win.
With the win, Canada wins their third straight game during their record 25th International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, which they won from Finland at the start of the Four Nations Cup. This marks the first meeting between these two since the shocking 6-4 Swedish victory at the Twelve Nations Tournament last August. Canada now advances to their tenth consecutive Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game against the United States, seeking their 13th Gold in history, and taking the IHLC along with.
01:14 – PEN – Hefford, tripping
16:37 – PEN – Löwenhielm, hooking
29:48 – GOAL – Ouellette (Wickenheiser)
32:40 – GOAL – Holmlöv
37:24 – PEN – Larocque, holding
39:05 – PEN – Fortino, hooking
41:56 – GOAL – Wakefield (Fortino, Agosta)
43:30 – PEN – Vikdahl, tripping
43:46 – PP GOAL – Hefford (Agosta, Larocque)
45:02 – PEN – Apps, body checking
W: Szabados (27-28)
L: Martin (49-52)
SHOTS ON GOAL
18+14+20 = 52
11+8+9 = 28
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Stefanie McKeough, Cassandra Poudrier, Bobbi Jo Slusar. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Mélodie Daoust, Jayna Hefford, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette, Jesse Scanzano, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Kim Martin. Defence: Emilia Andersson, Linnea Bäckman, Johanna Fällman, Linnea Hedin, Frida Nevalainen, Johanna Olofsson, Kristina Vikdahl. Forwards: Gizela Blom, Emma Eliasson, Tina Enström, Elin Holmlöv, Erika Holst, Lisa Johansson, Michelle Löwenhielm, Klara Myrén, Danijela Rundqvist, Rebecca Stenberg, Lina Wester, Pernilla Winberg.