Game Summary
Canada 7
Sweden 1

Qualifier
Halifax Metro Centre
Sunday, April 4, 2004

Canada downs Sweden
By Matthew Wuest

It was a scary start for Canada, but a perfect finish. Sweden jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes on Sunday night at the Halifax Metro Centre and started the second period with more than five-straight minutes on the power play. But with a little hard work and patience, Canada weathered the storm and earned a 7-1 victory in front of 5,816 boisterous fans.

It was veteran leadership that turned things around for Canada.
"I had jitters in my stomach (during the first intermission) because I wasn't used to this, and I was scared," said 22-year-old Gina Kingsbury. "But I looked around the room and saw leaders being calm and confident, and I said, 'This team will pull through.' "

Indeed it did. Jayna Hefford, who gave an inspiring performance all night long, drew Canada even at 6:08 of the second. But it was Kingsbury's tally at 11:27 that was the turning point, as her innocent-looking shot from just inside the blue line eluded the glove of Swedish goaltender Kim Martin and gave Canada the lead.

"I didn't think I scored," said Kingsbury. "I was celebrating, but I thought Botterill got the rebound or something. Then I looked at the video. But I don't care how pretty it is. I'll take it."

Canada didn't look back, scoring seven unanswered goals for the win. Gillian Apps and Caroline Ouellette also tallied in the second, while Hefford, Cherie Piper and Jennifer Botterill finished out the scoring in the third.

Martin, just 18, was phenomenal in goal for Sweden, making 48 saves in the loss. "Kim is still really young, and she's the kind of goalie that can win you a game," said Ouellette. "We knew that we really needed to get a lot of shots
because she's the one that can steal games."

Swedish head coach Peter Elander said it was Sweden's youth and physical immaturity on the blue line that was the biggest factor in the loss.

"We have to be much better protecting our goaltender against a strong club like Canada," said Elander. "We were too weak around the net."

It was a costly loss for Sweden, as player of the game Gunilla Andersson left the ice on a stretcher with just 33.5 seconds remaining.

Botterill had a goal and three assists in the victory to add to her tournament-leading total of 12 points in just four games. Hefford picked up two goals and an assist, while Ouellette added a goal and two helpers.

Sami Jo Small earned the victory in goal for Canada. Canada automatically qualifies for the gold medal game with the victory, where they'll face either the U.S. or Sweden. Sweden must beat U.S. by five or more goals in
Monday night's 8 p.m. contest to earn a berth in the gold medal game.

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Despite being down 1-0 to Sweden after the first period, Canada fought back to earn a 7-1 victory on Sunday night at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Jennifer Botterill had a goal and three assists in the victory, while Jayna Hefford had a pair of goals and an assist.

Caroline Ouellette picked up a goal and two helpers. Swedish goaltender Kim Martin was phenomenal in the loss, making 48 saves. Sami Jo Small earned the victory in goal for Canada with 12 stops. Attendance was 5,816.

Despite spending the first 5:28 of the second period killing penalties, Canada weathered the storm and scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

Jayna Hefford drew Canada even on the team's 16th shot of the game, walking out from behind the net to squeeze a quick shot through Martin's pads at 6:08.

Gina Kingsbury gave Canada the lead at 11:27, eluding Martin's glove with a relatively innocent shot from just inside the blue line. Gillian Apps, who converted on a breakaway at 15:25, and Caroline Ouellette, who banged home a rebound with just one second remaining in the period, put Canada up 4-1. Hefford has been all over the ice for Canada with a number of terrific offensive chances, while Martin has stopped 28 of 32 shots.

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Backed by the stellar goaltending of 18-year-old Kim Martin, Sweden stunned Canada with the opening goal of Sunday's game and headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Jenni Asserholt, who had just exited the penalty box, got behind the Canadian defence and took a pass from Elin Holmlov. The 15-year-old defenceman walked in on a breakaway and beat Sami Jo Small blocker-side to give Sweden a 1-0 lead.

It was all Martin after that, as she stopped all 15 shots and kept Canada's potent attack at bay with a number of key saves on point-blank opportunities.

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Team Canada Game Notes


Box Score
CAN

0

4

3

7

0

Compte
SWE

1

0

0

1

0


Scoring/Buts :
05.46 1 - 0 EQ Sweden 4. ASSERHOLT, Jenni (2. HOLMLOV, Elin)

Penalties/Pénalités :
18.57 2 min Canada 15. GOYETTE, Danielle Body Checking
12.57 2 min Sweden 25. SJOLANDER, Therese Interference
10.04 2 min Canada 6. BRISSON, Therese Cross-checking
08.05 2 min Canada 5. SOSTORICS, Colleen Roughing
08.05 2 min Sweden 28. RUNDQVIST, Danijela Charging
06.31 2 min Canada 27. KINGSBURY, Gina Tripping
03.35 2 min Sweden 4. ASSERHOLT, Jenni Boarding
Scoring/Buts :
39.59 1 - 4 PP1 Canada 13. OUELLETTE, Caroline
(17. BOTTERILL, Jennifer) (16. HEFFORD, Jayna)
35.25 1 - 3 EQ Canada 10. APPS, Gillian (7. PIPER, Cherie)
31.27 1 - 2 EQ Canada 27. KINGSBURY, Gina (17. BOTTERILL, Jennifer)
26.08 1 - 1 EQ Canada 16. HEFFORD, Jayna (13. OUELLETTE, Caroline)


Penalties/Pénalités :
39.51 2 min Sweden 27. LINDBERG, Ylva Tripping
35.43 2 min Sweden 7. ROOTH, Maria Hooking
32.16 2 min Sweden 17. EDSTRAND, Ann Louise Interference

28.49 2 min Sweden 28. RUNDQVIST, Danijela Slashing
23.28 2 min Canada 11. POUNDER, Cheryl Body Checking
21.27 2 min Canada 15. GOYETTE, Danielle Slashing
Scoring/Buts :
58.19 1 - 7 PP2 Canada 17. BOTTERILL, Jennifer (11. POUNDER, Cheryl)
52.59 1 - 6 EQ Canada 7. PIPER, Cherie
47.21 1 - 5 PP1 Canada 16. HEFFORD, Jayna (17. BOTTERILL, Jennifer) (13. OUELLETTE, Caroline)

Penalties/Pénalités :

58.00 2 min Sweden 2. HOLMLOV, Elin Roughing
57.04 2 min Sweden TEAM PENALTY Too many players on the ice
54.32 2 min Canada 22. WICKENHEISER, Hayley Hooking
48.43 2 min Sweden 9. VIKMAN, Anna Body Checking
45.39 2 min Sweden 24. JANSSON, Nanna Tripping
43.59 2 min Sweden 27. LINDBERG, Ylva Kneeing
43.11 2 min Sweden 14. LORSELL, Angelica Interference
42.09 2 min Canada 10. APPS, Gillian Body Checking

Players of the Game CAN -
Joueurs du partie SWE -

Goaltenders CAN 1. SMALL, Sami Jo
Gardiens de but SWE 30. MARTIN, Kim

Shots on Goal by Shots on Goal by

1st/1re

2nd/2e

3rd/3e

Final

Shots on Goal by CAN

14

22

18

54

Tirs au but par SWE

6

4

3

13


Officials Referee/Arbitre IVICICOVA Katerina 
Officiels Linesmen/
Juges des lignes
SUBAN Johanna
ROBBEN Ilse

Attendance/Assistance 5,816

Sweden vs. Canada:
Anything can happen

By Matthew Wuest

A painful memory has suddenly become a motivator for Swedish coach Peter Elander heading into Sunday's 8 p.m. tilt with Canada at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Belarus stunned Sweden’s men's hockey team at the 2002 Olympic
Games after a 70-foot shot bounced off goaltender Tommy Salo's head and
into the net. The goal shocked the world and eliminated Sweden from medal contention, giving Belarus an eventual berth in the bronze
medal game.

If it wasn't already clear, David can in fact slay Goliath in the hockey
world. That's exactly what the Swedes are gunning for against the Canadians,
who are coming off a frustrating 3-1 loss to the United States on Saturday
afternoon.

"You never know in hockey - Canada is a big-time favourite, but so
what?" Elander shrugged. "You should play the game first. We've got to
fight every shift and we'll see what the scoreboard says in the end."
Canada and Sweden met during exhibition action in Antigonish, N.S., and
while Canada earned a 9-1 victory, it was 1-0 after 20 minutes and 3-0
after 40 minutes.

The Swedes kept things close early thanks to the goaltending of
18-year-old Kim Martin, but didn't protect the net well enough in the
final period, allowing Canada to pounce on third and fourth rebounds.
The wheels came off, and Canada scored six third-period goals en route
to the victory.

Stronger play in front of Martin will be important, but for a young
Swedish team that averages just 21 years of age, a little more
confidence might go a long way.

"We're a good team, but a lot of people on our team have to realize that
before we can go out and do something good against (Canada)," said Maria
Rooth, Sweden's assistant captain and the tournament's top scorer not
playing for Canada or USA. "We're going to give it our best shot and
we'll see how far we can go."

 

For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines