HÄMEENLINNA, Finland – Canada’s National Women’s Team has advanced to the playoff round at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
Canada defeated Sweden 7-0 on Monday in Finland to move to 2-0 in Pool B. That gives Canada the top ranking in Pool B and one of three spots in the top pool in the playoff round. The United States, which won Pool A with a 2-0 record, and Finland, which went 2-0 to take Pool C, will be Canada’s competition in the next round.
On Monday, Carla MacLeod (Calgary, Alta./Calgary, WWHL) scored a goal and added four assists to lead Canada to the win over Sweden. Colleen Sostorics (Kennedy, Sask./Calgary, WWHL), Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL), Jennifer Botterill (Winnipeg, Man./Mississauga, CWHL), Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, Sask./Ekilstuna, SWE), Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Dawson College, CEGEP) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) also scored for Canada.
Canada will face Finland on Wednesday, April 8, a game that can be seen live on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters (12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT). Canada’s second game in the playoff pool will be against the United States on Friday, April 10. TSN/RDS will also carry that game live at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.
The two teams with the best records in the playoff round will meet for the gold medal on Sunday, April 12 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, a game that can be seen live on TSN/RDS.
Canada is attempting to win its 12th IIHF World Women’s Championship and first since 2007. You can follow all of the action at www.hockeycanada.ca, the home of Canada’s National Women’s Team.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Chris Jurewicz, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations, is in Finland with the National Women’s Team. All media requests should go through Chris, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-MAIL YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYER: Fans of the National Women’s Team can get in touch with their favourite players throughout the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship. Go to www.hockeycanada.ca and look for the E-mail Your Favourite Player feature.