Jillian Saulnier and Jamie Lee Rattray each scored their first goals with Canada’s National Women’s Team as the host side shut out Sweden, 2-0, Tuesday night at the 2014 4 Nations Cup.
Jenelle Kohanchuk, Lauriane Rougeau, Jennifer Wakefield and Haley Irwin each added an assist.
Rookie Emerance Maschmeyer made 11 saves to pick up her first win with the team.
At an event where 10 of the 23 players on Canada’s roster are making their debut with the National Women’s Team, it was the new members making a mark.
Canada opened the scoring 7:22 into the first when Kohanchuk sent a centring pass from the boards to an unmarked Saulnier in front of the net.
Sweden’s best chance at an equalizer came late, when captain Jenni Asserholt tried to break in alone. Defenceman Erin Ambrose, another rookie, battled her from the top of the slot to the top of the crease, eventually cleanly bringing her down.
Rattray doubled her team’s lead early in the second on a great individual effort, skating in from centre ice and beating Kim Martin-Hasson high glove side.
Canada continued to apply pressure in the middle frame, when nearly all the action took place in the Swedish zone; Sweden would fail to register a shot on net during the period.
Martin-Hasson turned aside 18 of 19 shots in the period to help keep her team in it, including stoning Jessica Campbell on a one-timer from the doorstep and holding off a charging Natalie Spooner.
The Swedish goalie would finish with 40 saves.
Frustration kicked in for the Swedes in the third. After Rebecca Johnston was whistled for tripping, Annie Svedin tackled Baily Bram to the ice before a minor scuffle ensued.
Sweden will look to rebound Wednesday afternoon when it takes on Finland at the Interior Savings Centre. Canada plays the United States in the night game.
IHLC: 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.