Canada retained the International Hockey Lineal Championship it won in the World Championships Gold Medal Game in their first successful defence, an 8-1 defeat of Finland in a pre-Four Nations Cup exhibition game in Helsinki.
Led by a two goal performance from Marie-Philip Poulin, Canada also got goals from Meaghan Mikkelson, Vicki Bendus, Jennifer Wakefield, Caroline Ouellette, Jayna Hefford and Haley Irwin, which included two power play goals and a shorthanded tally from Bendus. Susanna Tapani scored Finland’s lone goal, a second period goal that ruined Charline Labonté’s shutout attempt. Labonté stopped 11 of 12 shots, while Meeri Räisänen stopped 41 of 49 shots.
The win comes during Canada’s ongoing 27th IHLC reign, which they have held since April. This was the first meeting between Canada and Finland for the IHLC since the Twelve Nations Tournament in August 2011, where Canada narrowly defeated the Naisleijonat 3-2 to retain the IHLC. Canada faces Finland in their next game to open the Four Nations Cup on November 6 in Kerava.
01:01 – GOAL – Poulin (Hefford, Watchorn)
07:07 – PEN – Hiirikoski, body checking
10:09 – PEN – Tapani, delay of game
11:19 – PP GOAL – Mikkelson (Ouellette, Watchorn)
15:18 – PEN – Kilponen, interference
17:26 – GOAL – Poulin (Birchard, Hefford)
23:57 – GOAL – Tapani (Välimäki, Lindstedt)
24:41 – PEN – Poulin, bench minor
24:58 – PEN – Bonhomme, body checking
27:30 – PEN – Wickenheiser, bench minor
27:50 – SH GOAL – Bendus (Apps)
28:34 – PEN – Tuomanen, holding
29:33 – PEN – Välimäki, holding
30:14 – PP2 GOAL – Wakefield (Irwin, Bonhomme)
32:07 – GOAL – Ouellette (Hefford, Ward)
38:35 – GOAL – Hefford (Ward, Ouellette)
43:56 – GOAL – Irwin (Agosta)
53:18 – PEN – Välimäki, tripping
57:10 – PEN – Spooner, slashing
58:34 – PEN – Bendus, holding
59:47 – PEN – Tapani, body checking
W: Labonté (11-12)
L: Räisänen (41-49)
SHOTS ON GOAL
27+16+6 = 49
3+8+1 = 12
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Geneviéve Lacasse, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Catherine Ward, Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.
Goaltenders: Isabella Portnoj, Meeri Räisänen. Defence: Essi Hallvar, Jenni Hiirikoski, Anna Kilponen, Johanna Koivisto, Rosa Lindstedt, Jutta Stoltenberg, Tea Villilä. Forwards: Venla Hovi, Niina Mäkinen, Riikka Noronen, Anni Rantanen, Tiina Saarimaki, Susanna Tapani, Anne Tuomanen, Minnamari Tuominen, Suvi Vacker, Saana Valkama, Linda Välimäki.