HAMEENLINNA, FINLAND - Team Canada faced the USA for the forth consecutive time in the final of the Four Nations Cup. The 2005 Four Nations Cup finished with the same score line as the last two championships as Canada defeated the USA 2-1.
The two teams faced off twice at the 2005 Four Nations Cup event. The first meeting was on Thursday, September 1, when Canada defeated the USA 4-0 in Hameenlinna. The second being the gold medal final which saw Canada win 2-1.
Canada opened the scoring on a goal by defenseman Carla MacLeod after forward Gillian Apps worked hard to beat USA defender Angela Ruggiero to the outside before dumping the puck on net, which ended up in the high slot for MacLeod to riffle home.
It only took the USA three minutes to respond as Katie King forced a turnover behind the Canadian net and walked out all alone beating Canadian goalie Sami Jo Small.
There was no scoring in the second despite the USA’s 5-on-3 advantage one minute into the period.
The game winning goal came at 11:39 of the third period when Canadian forward Dana Antal slide the puck past the USA net minder on a goal mouth scramble. Dana scored the game winning goal in last year’s championship in Lake Placid in a 2-1Canada victory. Canada captured their eighth Four Nations Cup Title in ten attempts.
Team Canada will travel home on Monday as the players will go to their respective homes to enjoy a well deserved week off. The team will then return to Calgary on September 12th for practice at Father David Bauer Arena.
RETURNING FLIGHT INFO:
CALGARY arriving on Sept. 5 @ 9:35pm MT Flight AC224 – Antal, Bechard, Bredin, Kingsbury, MacLeod, Bonhomme, Wickenheiser, Coaching staff
MONTREAL arriving on Sept. 5 @ 6:10pm ET Flight – Labonte, Ouellette, St-Pierre, Vaillancourt
THUNDER BAY arriving on Sept. 6 @ 10:02am ET Flight AC8483 - Weatherston
TORONTO arriving on Sept. 5 @ 2:25pm ET Flight BA93 – Apps, Ferrari, Hefford, Kellar, Piper, Pounder, Riggs, Small
WINDSOR arriving on Sept. 6 @ 8:25am ET Flight AC7739 - Agosta
WINNIPEG arriving on Sept. 5 @ 6:00pm CT Flight AC263 – Botterill
* PLEASE NOTE ALL FLIGHT INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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