Game Summary
Finland 2 - Canada 10
 


WICKENHEISER BREAKS 300 POINT BARRIER WITH CANADIAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM

VANCOUVER – Hayley Wickenheiser became the first player on the Canadian women's hockey team to break the 300 career-point barrier Tuesday in Canada's 10-2 win over Finland at the Hockey Canada Cup.

Wickenheiser had a pair of assists in her record-setting night. She's averaged 1.5 points per game since joining the national team at the age of 15. The 31-year-old captain from Shaunavon, Sask., is Canada's all-time leader in goals (142), assists (159), games (202) and penalty minutes (244).

“I've had a few good penalties over the years,” Wickenheiser said with a chuckle before adding. “I take a lot of pride in keeping myself at the highest level that I can.”

Wickenheiser plans to keep playing beyond the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver next February, so her numbers will be hard to match. Retired forward Danielle Goyette is second all-time at 219 points, followed by Canadian forward Jayna Hefford with 203.

“If you look at the next people after her, we're so far behind and it shows how much of an amazing players she is,” forward Caroline Ouellette said. “The more important the games are, the better she is.”

Montreal's Ouellette and Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., each scored hat tricks for Canada. Johnston, 19, leads Canada in goals in the tournament with five in two games.

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Canada controlled Tuesday's game throughout. It was goal-filled and eventful for the 2,237 who bought tickets as Haley Irwin of Thunder Bay, Ont., scored on a penalty shot in the third period.

Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., Gillian Apps of Unionville, Ont., and Winnipeg's Jennifer Botterill also scored for Canada (2-0). Goaltender Kim St. Pierre of Chateauguay, Que., stopped 11 of 13 shots in her first start of the tournament.

Rosa Lindstedt and Linda Valimaki replied for Finland, who upset the U.S. 3-2 on Monday for just their second win over that country in women's hockey history.

The tournament is a test event for the Olympic Games. Games are played at GM Place, which will be re-named Canada Hockey Place for the Olympics.

The preliminary round concludes Thursday with Canada versus the U.S. and Finland meeting Sweden. All teams advance to Saturday's semifinal round with the top seed meeting the bottom seed and No. 2 taking on No. 3.

The medal games are Sunday and TSN will carry the final on tape delay starting at midnight ET. All other games can be seen on Hockey Canada's webcast.

Finland has never beaten Canada. The closest they've come is a 1-1 tie on Feb. 4, 1998, in a pre-Olympic exhibition game.

New Finnish coach Pekka Hamalainen opted to rest goalie Noora Raty after her 49-save performance against the U.S. Backup Mira Kuisma couldn't produce the same over-the-top performance with 30 saves on 40 shots.

Canada opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Sweden. Finland forechecks harder and boasts a faster transition game than the Swedes. They attempt to slow the game to a snail's pace once Canada clears their own zone as they clog up the middle lane to force the opposition to the outside.

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Hockey Canada Cup Location/Emplacement Vancouver, BC, CAN
Date Tue. Sep. 1, 2009 Arena/Aréna GM Place
Time/Heure 19:30 PT Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game # 04

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
FIN
1
1
0
2
CAN
4
2
4
10

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts:
04:54 CAN Sarah Vaillancourt (Gillian Ferrari, Hayley Wickenheiser)
10:52 FIN Rosa Lindstedt PP/AN
12:13 CAN Gillian Apps (Hayley Wickenheiser, Marie-Philip Poulin)
12:56 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Jocelyne Larocque)
13:50 CAN Rebecca Johnston (Gillian Ferrari, Tessa Bonhomme) PP/AN

Penalties/Punitions:
05:32 FIN Mariia Posa (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
08:17 CAN Hayley Wickenheiser (Interference/Obstruction)
10:07 CAN Colleen Sostorics (Holding/Retenir)
13:17 FIN Rosa Lindstedt (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
17:06 FIN Rosa Lindstedt (Hooking/Accrocher)
Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts:
05:24 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Jennifer Botterill, Gillian Apps)
12:29 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Cherie Piper)
16:48 FIN Linda Valimaki (Mari Pehkonen)

Penalties/Punitions:
07:25 FIN Michelle Karvinen (Interference/Obstruction)
Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts:
02:29 CAN Jennifer Botterill (Cherie Piper, Caroline Ouellette) PP/AN
08:44 CAN Haley Irwin (penalty shot/tir de punition)
11:47 CAN Rebecca Johnston (Sarah Vaillancourt, Haley Irwin)
18:17 CAN Rebecca Johnston (Haley Irwin, Sarah Vaillancourt)

Penalties/Punitions:
02:14 FIN Saija Sirvio (Body-checking/ Mise en échec corporelle)

 

Goaltenders FIN Mira Kuisma
Gardiennes de but CAN Kim St-Pierre

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal FIN 4 6 3 13
Tirs au but CAN 15 13 12 40

Referee/Arbitre ---
Linesmen/Juges des lignes ---
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