Five different players scored goals and nine recorded at least a point as Canada’s National Women’s Team earned a 5-1 pre-tournament win over Finland on Sunday ahead of the 2017 4 Nations Cup.
The Finns opened the scoring off the stick of Susanna Tapani at 5:30, but that would be the lone puck to beat the Canadian goaltending tandem of Geneviève Lacasse and Ann-Renée Desbiens, who combined for 15 saves.
Laura Stacey got that back for Canada with less than five minutes to go in the opening frame, chipping a feed pass from Sarah Nurse past Finnish netminder Noora Räty – a goal that was confirmed after a quick officials meeting.
It took all of 35 seconds of the second period for Natalie Spooner to give the Canadians the lead for good, and Brianne Jenner pushed the lead to two with an unassisted effort just past the seven-minute mark.
Haley Irwin converted on a Canadian power play at 11:24 to send the red-and-white to the second intermission up by three.
Brigette Lacquette finished the scoring in the third period off a set-up from Jennifer Wakefield.
Wakefield was the lone Canadian with multiple points, finishing with two assists.
Lacasse got the start and stopped eight of the nine shots she faced before giving way just past the midway mark of the second period to Desbiens, who was perfect on eight chances the rest of the way,
Canada opens the 2017 4 Nations Cup on Tuesday when it faces off against Sweden at Florida Hospital Center Ice.
05:30 – GOAL – Tapani (Hakala)
08:39 – PEN – team, too many players
15:18 – GOAL – Stacey (Nurse)
16:24 – PEN – Poulin, roughing
16:24 – PEN – Välimäki, body checking
20:35 – GOAL – Spooner (Daoust, Poulin)
24:04 – PEN – S. Potomak, interference
24:54 – PEN – P. Nieminen, body checking
27:11 – GOAL – Jenner
30:27 – PEN – Välimäki, tripping
31:24 – PP GOAL – Irwin (Wakefield)
31:53 – PEN – A. Potomak, roughing
31:53 – PEN – Savolainen, roughing
38:04 – PEN – Irwin, slashing
39:37 – PEN – P. Nieminen, interference
43:19 – PEN – Rahunen, interference
51:56 – GOAL – Lacquette (Wakefield)
W: Lacasse (7-8), Desbiens (8-8)
L: Räty (20-25)
SHOTS ON GOAL
5+12+18 = 25
6+5+5 = 16
Goaltenders: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Geneviève Lacasse. Defence: Renata Fast, Micah Hart, Halli Krzyzaniak, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque (A), Meaghan Mikkelson. Forwards: Bailey Bram, Mélodie Daoust, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner (A), Sarah Nurse, Amy Potomak, Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Noora Räty, Eveliina Suonpää. Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski (C), Mira Jalosuo, Anna Kilponen, Isa Rahunen, Ronja Savolainen, Ella Viitasuo. Forwards: Venla Hovi, Sari Kärnä, Michelle Karvinen (A), Petra Nieminen, Riikka Nieminen (A), Tanja Niskanen, Emma Nuutinen, Annina Rajahuhta, Saila Saari, Sara Säkkinen, Susanna Tapani, Linda Välimäki.
(+ 1 tie)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
CAN 6-5 FIN – 03/24/1990 – WWC – Ottawa
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. FIN)
CAN 3-1 FIN – 11/07/2014 – FNC – Kamloops
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 5-1 USA – 10/25/2017 – EX – Boston
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 9-0 SWE – 11/07/2017 – FNC – Wesley Chapel