Game Summary
Canada 5 - Finland 0
 

CANADA BLANKS FINLAND 5-0 IN 2011 4 NATIONS CUP WOMEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT OPENER

NYKÖPING, Sweden - Canada used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Finland 5-0 in Wednesday's opening game at the 2011 4 Nations Cup women's hockey tournament.

Five different players scored for the defending champions in the preliminary round matchup at Stora Hallen arena.

“I think it speaks to the depth that we have on our team,” said head coach Dan Church. “Almost every player on our team is a goal scorer with their club team. It's good to see different people chipping in.”

Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont.) gave Canada the early lead by scoring just 46 seconds into the game. Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) added a power play goal later in the period and Jesse Scanzano (Montreal, Que.) made it 3-0 a few minutes later.

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) and Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ont.) added insurance goals in the second. Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta.) turned aside 15 shots for the shutout, while Isabella Portnoj made 49 saves for Finland.

Canada will play the world champion Americans on Thursday before concluding the preliminary round Saturday against host Sweden. The medal games are Sunday.

Veteran forward Gillian Apps (Unionville, Ont.) said her teammates are excited to take on their long-time rivals.

“Whether it's at a 4 Nations Cup, an exhibition game or the world championship, it's always a good game between Canada and the U.S.,” Apps said. “It's why we play. It's an absolutely amazing game to be a part of.”

Canada improved its all-time record against Finland to 53-0-1 with the victory.

Finland has narrowed the gap between the two countries over the last few years. Canada edged Finland 3-2 in their last meeting in August.

Canada has won 12 gold and three silver medals in 4 Nations and 3 Nations Cup events since the first tournament was played in 1996.

 

Game Information
Game Number 1 Round Round Robin
Arena Stora Hallen City, Country Nyköping, SWE
Month / Day / Year 11/09/2011 Time 09:30 AM ET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
CAN
3
2
0
5
FIN
0
0
0
0

 

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
00:46 CAN Jennifer Wakefield (Meghan Agosta, Jayna Hefford)
11:14 CAN Vicki Bendus (Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston) PP/AN
14:49 CAN Jesse Scanzano (Courtney Birchard, Gillian Apps)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
05:41 FIN Annina Rajahuhta (Kneeing/Donner du genou)
07:01 FIN Tea Vililä (Hooking/Accrocher)
09:30 FIN Johanna Koivula (Hooking/Accrocher)
11:58 FIN Susanna Tapani (Hooking/Accrocher)
17:07 FIN Mira Jalosu (Hooking/Accrocher)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
00:32 CAN Meghan Agosta (Jayna Hefford, Jennifer Wakefield)
19:06 CAN Courtney Birchard (Hayley Wickenheiser, Caroline Ouellette)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
07:54 CAN Meghan Agosta (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
14:31 CAN Cassandra Poudrier (Body-checking/Mise en échec corporelle)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
03:16 FIN Jenni Hiirikoski (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
06:00 CAN Vicki Bendus (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
10:00 CAN Courtney Birchard (Tripping/Faire trébucher)

 

Goaltenders CAN Shannon Szabados
Gardien(ne)s de but FIN Isabella Portnoj
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 32 14 8 54
Tirs au but FIN 2 10 3 15