NYKÖPING, Sweden – Canada’s National Women’s Team fell 4-3 to the United States in a shootout Sunday, claiming the silver medal at the 2011 4 Nations Cup at Stora Hallen arena in Nyköping.
Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL) tied the game at 1-1 in the last 30 seconds of the second period, while Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Ohio State University, WCHA) scored twice in the third to make it 3-3 and send the game into overtime.
After a fruitless ten minutes of four-on-four overtime, the gold medal game went to a shootout, with Jayna Hefford (Kingston, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) netting the only goal for Canada while Hilary Knight and Kelli Stack scored for the United States. Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, ACAC) made 52 saves in the game. Earlier Sunday, Sweden defeated Finland 2-1 in overtime to claim the bronze medal.
Canada went undefeated in the preliminary round, defeating Sweden 3-1, Finland 5-0 and the United States 3-1, finishing in first place going into the gold medal game. Canada’s win over the United States Thursday marked the 100th time that the top two women’s hockey teams in the world have faced off since 1990.
Canada has won 12 gold and four silver medals at the 3 Nations/4 Nations Cup since the tournament’s 1996 inception. Last November, Canada edged the United States 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal game at the 2010 4 Nations Cup in St. John’s, N.L.
Defencemen Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC), Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WCHA), Cassandra Poudrier (Lachenaie, Que./Dawson College, CEGEP) and Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Que./Cornell University, ECAC), along with forward Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, QSSF), all made their debuts with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2011 4 Nations Cup.
Head coach Dan Church (North York, Ont./York University, CIS) was joined behind the bench at the 2011 4 Nations Cup by assistant coaches Doug Derraugh (Arnprior, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) and Danielle Goyette (St-Nazaire, Que./University of Calgary, CIS), who also served as assistants with him at the 2011 IIHF 12 Nations Invitational Tournament and 2011 National Women’s Team September Camp/Fall Festival.
The 2011 4 Nations Cup served as an evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff and Hockey Canada scouts, led by head scout of National Women’s Team programs Melody Davidson. All players that attended Canada’s National Women’s Team September Camp/Fall Festival will continue to be monitored with their club teams throughout the 2011-12 season, in order to select those that will represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt., in April.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Kristen Lipscombe, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of communications, has been on site in Sweden with Canada’s National Women’s Team. Please contact her for any interview requests at firstname.lastname@example.org, +447872459044 (until Tuesday) or (403) 826-4819. The team will be travelling on Monday, November 14.