If it weren’t for Meeri Räisänen, Canada might have ran up the score against Finland in the Four Nations Cup round-robin finale at Interior Savings Centre on Friday, Nov. 7.
The Finnish goaltender was outstanding in a 3-1 loss to Canada, which will square off with the U.S. in the gold-medal game on Saturday.
Sweden and Finland will play for bronze on Saturday.
Canada outshout Finland 49-12, but the game wasn’t in the bag until Rebecca Johnston iced it with an empty-net goal late in the third period.
Riikka Välilä (née Nieminen) scored on the power-play to bring the Finns within one with 9:24 left to play in the final frame, pouncing on a loose puck and firing it past Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer.
Haley Irwin deflected in a point shot taken by Laura Fortino to give Canada a 2-0 lead early in the third.
Jennifer Wakefield opened the scoring in the first period, making no mistake after accepting a deft backhand feed from Tara Watchorn.
Maschmeyer made 11 saves and posted her second victory of the tournament. She was between the pipes when Canada blanked Sweden 2-0 on Tuesday.
Geneviève Lacasse is likely to get the start in net for Canada in the gold-medal game. She backstopped the Canadians in their 3-2 victory over the U.S. on Wednesday.
Räisänen made 46 saves in a losing effort on Friday, but was not named Finland’s player of the game. That honour went to Välilä.
Courtney Birchard was named Canada’s player of the game.
03:01 – PEN – ViIlilä, hooking
14:34 – PEN – Tapani, body checking
15:42 – PP GOAL – Wakefield (Watchorn, Jenner)
23:55 – PEN – Krzyzaniak, holding
41:18 – PEN – Nieminen, hooking
43:53 – GOAL – Irwin (Fortino, Turnbull)
46:12 – PEN – Johnston, tripping
46:23 – PEN – Hiirikoski, boarding
50:14 – PEN – Irwin, tripping
50:36 – PP GOAL – Nieminen (Lindstedt, Tulus)
59:12 – EN GOAL – Johnston (Ambrose)
W: Maschmeyer (11-12)
L: Räisänen (46-48)
SHOTS ON GOAL
18+16+15 = 49
7+2+3 = 12
Goaltenders: Geneviève Lacasse, Emerance Maschmeyer. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Courtney Birchard, Laura Fortino, Halli Krzyzaniak, Jocelyne Larocque, Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Bailey Bram, Jessica Campbell, Emily Clark, Haley Irwin (C), Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston (A), Jenelle Kohanchuk, Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner (A), Kelly Terry, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Meeri Räisänen, Eveliina Suonpää. Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski, Mira Jalosuo, Anna Kilponen, Rosa Lindstedt, Minnamari Tuominen, Ella Viitasuo, Tea Villilä. Forwards: Jennica Haikarainen, Sari Kärnä, Michelle Karvinen (C), Riikka Nieminen (A), Emma Nuutinen, Suvi Ollikainen, Karoliina Rantamäki, Saila Saari, Jenna Suokko, Vilma Tanskanen, Susanna Tapani (A), Noora Tulus, Saana Valkama.
(+ 1 tie)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
CAN 6-5 FIN – 03/24/1990 – WWC – Ottawa
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
CAN 6-3 FIN – 11/09/2013 – FNC – Lake Placid
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 3-2 USA – 11/05/2014 – FNC – Kamloops
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 3-2 USA (SO) – 11/08/2014 – FNC – Kamloops