THE MOMENT: Finland @ United States – Wednesday, April 3
by Chris Kallan
OTTAWA, Ont. - Look behind in disgust.
Take a swig of water.
Slam the water bottle down on the netting.
Put mask back on.
Bash stick on the ice.
Skate away in a huff.
Not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times.
Such was the routine for Finnish goaltender Noora Raty during a tough opening
period versus the United States on Wednesday afternoon at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship at SBP Arena.
Monique Lamoureux and Brianna Decker, both between the pads, Amanda Kessel, stick side, and Lamoureux again, glove side - all beat Raty in the opening 20 minutes and staked the U.S. to a three-goal cushion in an eventual 4-2 victory. The U.S. improves to 11-1-1 versus Finland at the world championship.
Raty, who backstopped the Nordic country to a stunning 1-0 overtime shutout victory over the U.S. five years ago in China, kept a clean scoresheet over the final two periods en route to a 38 save performance.
But the damage had already been done.
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For the full game summary, including statistics, please CLICK HERE.