For a team that conveyed strong veteran leadership to mount a come-from-behind win to capture Olympic Gold in Sochi, it was a rookie core, taking up nearly half of Team Canada’s roster, that shone in their first defense of Canada’s Sochi title on home ice, shutting out Sweden in the opener of the 2014 Four Nations Cup to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Canada managed to open the scoring early, with a feed from Jenelle Kohanchuk from along the boards finding an open Jillian Saulnier to wire a shot past Swedish netminder Kim Martin for the early 1-0 lead. However, the Damkronorna managed to hold the Canadians at bay in the first, despite being outshot 12-5, holding Canada to just the lone goal and killing off the period’s only power play early.
While the Swedes suffered another setback early in the second, this time on a Jamie Lee Rattray tally over Martin’s glove, remarkably the Swedes were able to keep Canada’s potent offense down, killing off two penalties and stopping 18 of 19 shots…while not registering a single shot on rookie netminder Emerance Maschmeyer. While they kept the shot differential closer in the third at 11-7, the Swedes were unable to capitalize on a late penalty to Jessica Campbell, ending the game with the 2-0 loss, giving a largely untested Maschmeyer her first ever victory with the senior women’s team.
With the victory, Canada retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 30th title, that was captured from Team USA in the Olympic Group Round in Sochi, and retained through the medal round, including the thrilling overtime Gold Medal Game, Canada’s last IHLC defense. The win comes just under a year removed from Canada’s last IHLC tilt against Sweden, another close battle, a 4-3 victory in the final group game of the 2013 Four Nations Cup. Canada has just 24 hours to rest before defending against their arch-nemesis in the United States, with revenge for Sochi and the IHLC on the minds of Team USA.
04:43 – PEN – Borgqvist, holding
07:22 – GOAL – Saulnier (Kohanchuk, Rougeau)
22:31 – GOAL – Rattray (Wakefield, Irwin)
23:34 – PEN – Wester, tripping
35:12 – PEN – Borgqvist, roughing
44:42 – PEN – Grahm, roughing
47:02 – PEN – Johnston, tripping
47:02 – PEN – Svedin, roughing
54:00 – PEN – Campbell, high sticking
W: Maschmeyer (12-12)
L: Martin (40-42)
SHOTS ON GOAL
12+19+11 = 42
5+0+7 = 12
Goaltenders: Geneviève Lacasse, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Courtney Birchard, Laura Fortino, Halli Krzyzaniak, Jocelyne Larocque, Lauriane Rougeau (A). Forwards: Bailey Bram, Jessica Campbell, Emily Clark, Haley Irwin (C), Rebecca Johnston (A), Jenelle Kohanchuk, Jamie Lee Rattray, Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner (A), Kelly Terry, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Kim Martin. Defence: Emmy Alasalmi, Emilia Andersson, Lina Bäcklin, Linnea Hedin, Josefine Holmgren, Elin Lundberg, Johanna Olofsson, Annie Svedin. Forwards: Jenni Asserholt (C), Anna Borgqvist, Erika Grahm, Elin Johansson, Sabina Küller, Michelle Löwenhielm, Emma Nordin, Fanny Rask, Victoria Samuelsson, Erica Udén Johansson (A), Lina Wester, Pernilla Winberg.