Canada exploded offensively during the second half of their Four Nations Cup opener against Sweden, roaring to a 9-0 victory to make a strong statement to the tournament field, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
Despite outshooting the Damkronorna 16-0 and having three man advantages in the first period, only Meghan Agosta was able to solve novice netminder Lovisa Berndtsson in the first period, taking over for usual starter Sara Grahn, reserved for Sweden’s round robin finale against Team USA. Berndtsson managed to hold Canada at bay through the opening half of the second, despite again being shelled by the defending Olympic champions.
The floodgates opened first on a Sarah Potomak goal nearly midway through the period, making way to a rapid pair of goals from Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield, just 75 seconds apart. Wakefield and Rebecca Johnston would strike again with a rapid pair of goals, this time 3:41 apart, ending the second period up 6-0. Sarah Nurse and Agosta would again strike in rapid succession, 32 seconds apart, putting the game at 8-0, before Wakefield notched her hat trick with a power play tally with 4:32 left in regulation, solidifying the blowout victory.
With the win, Canada retains their 33rd and current International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Team USA on October 25, and retained against Finland just prior to the start of this tournament. The win marks the first IHLC between Canada and Sweden since a 2-0 Canada victory at the 2014 Four Nations Cup, improving Canada’s all-time IHLC record against Sweden to 49-2-1. Canada will now face off against the host Americans next, in a sure preview of the Gold Medal Game, and the likeliest game to see the IHLC change hands here in Florida.
06:46 – PEN – Olsson, hooking
09:14 – PEN – Lindh, high sticking
09:14 – PEN – Mikkelson, high sticking
11:09 – PEN – Nylén-Persson, hooking
11:52 – PP GOAL – Agosta (Poulin)
18:32 – PEN – Clark, holding
19:51 – PEN – Borgqvist, hooking
26:29 – GOAL – Potomak (Wakefield)
26:55 – PEN – Borgqivst, roughing / hooking double minor
26:55 – PEN – Poulin, roughing
31:25 – GOAL – Poulin (Johnston, Lacquette)
32:40 – GOAL – Wakefield (Lacquette, Poulin)
32:59 – PEN – Svedin, hooking
35:11 – GOAL – Wakefield (Fortino)
38:52 – GOAL – Johnston (Poulin, Mikkelson)
39:24 – PEN – Nurse, interference
39:40 – PEN – Turnbull, body checking
50:05 – GOAL – Nurse (Clark, Ambrose)
50:37 – GOAL – Agosta (Lacquette)
55:19 – PEN – Borgqvist, holding
55:28 – PP GOAL – Wakefield (Ambrose, Potomak)
W: Lacasse (9-9)
L: Berndtsson (32-41)
SHOTS ON GOAL
16+16+9 = 41
0+5+4 = 9
Goaltenders: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Geneviève Lacasse. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Brigette Lacquette, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau (A). Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Bailey Bram, Emily Clark, Mélodie Daoust, Rebecca Johnston (A), Sarah Nurse, Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Lovisa Berndtsson, Minatsu Murase. Defence: Emmy Alasalmi, Elin Lundberg, Maja Nylén-Persson, Johanna Olofsson, Emilia Ramboldt (C), Annie Svedin. Forwards: Anna Borgqvist (A), Olivia Carlsson, Erika Grahm, Sara Hjalmarsson, Lisa Johansson, Sabina Küller, Maria Lindh, Emma Nordin, Hanna Olsson, Fanny Rask, Rebecca Stenberg, Erika Udén Johansson, Pernilla Winberg (A).