A SWEET 3-1 VICTORY FOR CANADA OVER U.S. AT 4 NATIONS CUP IN FINLAND
TIKKURILA, Finland -- Canada remained unbeaten at the 2012 4 Nations Cup on Wednesday after a 3-1 win over the archrival Americans at Valtti Areena.
American Hilary Knight opened the scoring early in the second period, but Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Boston University) and Gillian Apps (Unionville, Ont./Brampton, Ont.) scored 35 seconds apart for a lead Canada wouldn't relinquish. Hayley Wickenheiser (Shauavon, Sask./University of Calgary, CIS) added an insurance goal as Canada improved to 2-0 at the four-team tournament.
"These are the games we want to play in," Apps said. "I think if you ask anyone on the American team or the Canadian team, it's an amazing rivalry. We know they're fast and so talented. We have to be prepared for that and play physical and play our game. They're fun games to play in, just to battle it out for the full 60 minutes.
"Obviously it's always nice to come out with a win, but we're far from done our work here. We're just going to keep moving forward,” she said.
The Canadians will enjoy an off-day Thursday before closing round-robin play Friday against Sweden. The medal games are scheduled for Saturday.
The Americans beat Canada 4-3 in a shootout in last year's final in Sweden.
The Canadians opened the 2012 tournament with a 6-0 rout of Finland on Tuesday and were confident heading into their matchup with the American side.
"I think we did a really good job in our one-on-one battles and our urgency to race to loose pucks," Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach Dan Church said. "Just our battle mentality along the wall, in the corners and in front of the net, it was a big difference over the course of the game.
"I think it really led to a lot of our goals and ultimately the win," he said.
Host Finland played Sweden later Wednesday. Canada improved to 26-7-1 against the United States at this tournament.
Canada last won the Four Nations Cup in 2010, defeating the Americans 3-2 in overtime in St. John’s, N.L.. Canada has won this event 12 times over its 16-year history.
The tournament also serves as an evaluation opportunity for team brass ahead of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa this April.
The Canadian roster includes almost all the players from the team that won gold at the 2012 world championship last spring in Burlington, Vt. Canada beat the Americans 5-4 in overtime.
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|Goals & Penalties|
00:20 CAN 16 Jayna Hefford (Cross Checking)
05:14 USA 14 Brianna Decker (Cross Checking)
08:22 USA 16 Kelli Stack (Hooking)
09:32 CAN 29 Marie-Philip Poulin (Tripping)
10:07 USA 28 Amanda Kessel (Slashing)
14:16 USA 16 Kelli Stack (Tripping)
05:23 USA 21 Hilary Knight (26 Kendall Coyne)
16:45 CAN 29 Marie-Philip Poulin (16 Jayna Hefford, 13 Caroline Ouellette)
17:20 CAN 10 Gillian Apps (22 Hayley Wickenheiser)
06:25 USA 25 Sarah Erickson (Slashing)
12:29 USA 25 Sarah Erickson (Slashing)
16:38 CAN 22 Hayley Wickenheiser (10 Gillian Apps, 24 Natalie Spooner)
06:52 USA 13 Julie Chu (Tripping)
11:10 USA 16 Kelli Stack (Cross Checking)
19:08 CAN 16 Jayna Hefford (Hooking)
||32 Charline Labonté||On 1/00:00
||1 Molly Schaus||On 1/00:00
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|