IHLC Results – Canada 3-1 Finland – Nov. 7, 2014

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canada1965-11 Canada 3-1 Finland finland-11
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
Interior Savings Centre, Kamloops canada1965-11
Friday, November 7, 2014

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.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:01 – finland-11 PEN – ViIlilä, hooking
14:34 – finland-11 PEN – Tapani, body checking
15:42 – canada1965-11 PP GOAL – Wakefield (Watchorn, Jenner)

2nd Period
23:55 – canada1965-11 PEN – Krzyzaniak, holding

3rd Period
41:18 – finland-11 PEN – Nieminen, hooking
43:53 – canada1965-11 GOAL – Irwin (Fortino, Turnbull)
46:12 – canada1965-11 PEN – Johnston, tripping
46:23 – finland-11 PEN – Hiirikoski, boarding
50:14 – canada1965-11 PEN – Irwin, tripping
50:36 – finland-11 PP GOAL – Nieminen (Lindstedt, Tulus)
59:12 – canada1965-11 EN GOAL – Johnston (Ambrose)

GOALTENDERS
W: canada1965-11 Maschmeyer (11-12)
L: finland-11 Räisänen (46-48)

SHOTS ON GOAL
canada1965-11 18+16+15 = 49
finland-11 7+2+3 = 12

ROSTERS
canada1965-11 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.
finland-11 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.

canada1965-11 CANADA (C) vs. FINLAND finland-11
current champion
(since 02/12/2014)
Last Title 11/09/2011
203 All-Time Wins
4
45 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
canada1965-11 CAN 6-5 FIN finland-11 – 03/24/1990 – WWC – Ottawa canada1965-11
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
canada1965-11 CAN 6-3 FIN finland-11 – 11/09/2013 – FNC – Lake Placid usa-11 goldmedal
Last IHLC Game
canada1965-11 CAN 3-2 USA usa-11 – 11/05/2014 – FNC – Kamloops canada1965-11
Next IHLC Game
canada1965-11 CAN 3-2 USA usa-11 (SO) – 11/08/2014 – FNC – Kamloops canada1965-11 goldmedal

Article Credit: Kamloops This Week
Photo Credit: Hockey Canada Women – IIHFHHOFIOC

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