CANADA FALLS TO UNITED STATES IN 2012 4 NATIONS CUP FINAL
TIKKURILA, Finland – The United States rode a special teams explosion to a second straight gold medal at
the 4 Nations Cup.
Kendall Coyne scored shorthanded, while Hilary Knight and Anne Schleper added power-play goals Saturday, as the U.S. shut out Canada 3-0.
Jessie Vetter made 26 saves for the Americans, while Jocelyne Lamoureux added two assists.
"We lacked a little bit of energy at times but I have to give full credit to the U.S. because they really played hard and were able to chip a lot of pucks down into our zone," Canada’s National Women’s Team Dan Church said. "They brought a lot of pressure off the forecheck.
When they're doing things like that, it's very difficult to generate momentum."
Charline Labonté (Boisbriand, Que./Montreal, CWHL) made 19 saves in taking the loss for Canada, which defeated the Americans 3-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament.
"We didn't do the things we did when we played them earlier in the week," Church said. "We weren't as quick to pucks, we didn't skate all the way and we didn't get into battles as much as we did the other day."
The U.S. opened the scoring Saturday with Coyne's unassisted short-handed goal at 12:46 of the first.
"It was a tough battle and I think as a team we didn't play to our full potential or follow the game plan and the U.S. caught us off guard," Canadian forward Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) said. "No team should score on the penalty kill and they went down and scored shorthanded and that kind of killed us.
"We just didn't really play our game."
Church said Coyne's goal stung the Canadians, but added that his team should have been able to respond.
"We have to learn from that because we have tons of games still left ahead of us and I don't think we were expecting to win 1-0," he said.
"You can't let one goal impact how you view the rest of the game or how you're going to perform, so that's a big lesson for us."
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|Goals & Penalties|
12:46 USA 26 Kendall Coyne SH
05:29 CAN 18 Catherine Ward (Bodychecking)
08:09 CAN 3 Jocelyne Larocque (Delay of Game)
11:35 USA 31 Jessie Vetter (Delay of Game)
15:19 USA 21 Hilary Knight (Roughing)
19:46 USA 17 Jocelyne Lamoureux (Roughing)
14:13 USA 21 Hilary Knight (7 Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, 17 Jocelyne Lamoureux) PP
04:04 USA 14 Brianna Decker (High Sticking)
12:57 CAN 27 Tara Watchorn (Kneeing)
17:06 USA 3 Jincy Dunne (Cross Checking)
19:09 USA 14 Brianna Decker (Delay of Game)
15:35 USA 15 Anne Schleper (17 Jocelyne Lamoureux) PP
06:12 USA 21 Hilary Knight (Hooking)
14:44 CAN 22 Hayley Wickenheiser (Roughing)
||32 Charline Labonté||On 1/00:00
||31 Jessie Vetter||On 1/00:00
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|