ZURICH, Switzerland - Canada’s National Women’s Team will meet the United States for the gold medal at the 2011 World Women’s Championship after a 4-1 semifinal win over Finland on Saturday, April 23. Monday’s gold medal game will be shown live on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
The game will mark the 13th straight match-up between Canada and the U.S. in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Women’s Championship. The Americans have won the last two gold medals, in 20.
In Saturday’s semifinal, Canada got goals from Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC), Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Boston University, HE), Jayna Hefford (Kingston, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) and Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, Sask./University of Calgary, CIS) to advance. Charline Labonté got the win in goal for the Canadians, who outshot Finland 78-20.
Canada finished atop Group B with a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary round, including wins over Switzerland (12-0), Kazakhstan (7-0) and Finland (2-0), while the Americans won Group A at 3-0 and defeated Russia in the semifinals.
RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION FOR TEAM CANADA MEMBERS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Flights are listed alphabetically by final destination and all flight information is listed with local times.
Please note, some players are remaining in Europe and will not be returning to Canada with the rest of the team.
Canada will attempt to win its 10th gold medal all-time at the IIHF World Women’s Championship, having previously won gold in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 20. Canada’s National Women’s Team has appeared in every gold medal game since the first IIHF World Women’s Championship in Ottawa, Ont., in 1990, winning silver in 2005, 20, in addition to its nine gold medals.
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