Sweden 1 - Canada 8
SPOONER’S HAT TRICK PACES CANADA TO 8-1 OVER SWEDEN AT FOUR NATIONS CUP
CLARENVILLE, N.L. - Canada's kids came to play Wednesday at the 4 Nations Cup.
Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) scored twice for the host team with Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) and Meaghan Mikkelson (Edmonton, Alta.) each contributing a goal for Canada (1-1). Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont.) had four assists and Bendus had three assists.
Bendus, Johnston and Wakefield are 21 and Irwin is 22.
“There are fresh faces in the program and just to try to prove ourselves on the team at this tournament is a big step in that,'' Spooner said.
Therese Sjolander scored Sweden's lone goal in the first period to temporarily tie the game at 1-1.
The U.S. blanked Finland 4-0 in a later game to improve to 2-0. Megan Duggan led the U.S. with a pair of goals and Molly Schaus earned a 21-save shutout. Jocelyne Lamoureux and Brianna Decker also scored for the Americans.
Canada, which opened with a 3-2 shootout loss to the U.S., is tied with Finland at 1-1.
All four countries have Thursday off. Canada concludes the preliminary round against Finland and the U.S. versus Sweden on Friday. The two teams with the best records meet in Saturday's final (TSN2, 6 p.m. ET).
Sweden beat Canada for the first time in history at the 4 Nations Cup two years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y.,
with a 2-1 overtime victory.
“A little bit,” she said. “I knew we had to win today to have a good shot at the final, so there was a little bit of pressure.”
Goaltender Sara Grahn was in Sweden's net for the historic win for her country and was given the start Wednesday ahead of 2006 Olympic heroine Kim Martin.
But there was no upset brewing this time in front of a full house at the 1,250-seat Clarenville Events Centre. Canada outshot Sweden 58-22, so Grahn made 50 saves to Kim St. Pierre's 20 for Canada.
Spooner was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the U.S., so unlike some of her teammates who were playing their second game in as many nights, she had fresh legs.
Spooner, Wakefield and Bendus made up Canada's youngest forward line and created immediate chemistry
despite having never before played together on the national team. Spooner almost had four goals as she hit
the post in the first period. Bendus's goal was her first for the national team.
The line of Irwin, Johnston and Meghan Agosta was also a force as the trio combined for three of Canada’s eight goals. Canadian head coach Ryan Walter gave the Spooner and Irwin lines a lot of ice time against Sweden.
“With two games over two nights, we wanted to share the ice time and make sure everyone got a lot of ice
time,” he said.
Peter Elander is now coaching the University of North Dakota women's team. Niclas Hogberg, who coached Sweden's under-18 team, is now behind the national team's bench.
Canada led 2-1 after the first period and broke the game open in the second with goals from Johnston, Bendus and Spooner. Spooner's second was scored on a delayed penalty to Sweden, with St. Pierre pulled for an extra attacker
Notes: Toronto forward Cherie Piper played her 100th career game for Canada's national team Wednesday . . . Clarenville is about 150 kilometres west northwest of St. John's on the Trans-Canada Highway.
|Game Number||3||Round||Round Robin|
|Arena||Clarenville Events Centre||City, Country||Clarenville, N.L.|
|Month / Day / Year||11/10/2010||Time||07:00 PM NT|
05:46 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (28 Vicki Bendus, 20 Jennifer Wakefield)
12:52 SWE 25 Therése Sjolander (24 Erika Grahm)
18:27 CAN 21 Haley Irwin (18 Bobbi Jo Slusar, 2 Meghan Agosta)
02:26 CAN 6 Rebecca Johnston (2 Meghan Agosta, 21 Haley Irwin) PP
03:05 CAN 28 Vicki Bendus (20 Jennifer Wakefield, 3 Jocelyne Larocque)
17:46 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (28 Vicki Bendus, 20 Jennifer Wakefield)
05:59 CAN 6 Rebecca Johnston (2 Meghan Agosta)
08:23 CAN 12 Meaghan Mikkelson (3 Jocelyne Larocque, 28 Vicki Bendus) PP
11:53 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (20 Jennifer Wakefield)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Canada||24 Natalie Spooner|
|Sweden||2 Elin Holmlov|
|Lines People||Denise Caughey, Vanessa Stratton|
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