Canada 7 - Sweden 0
4 Nations Cup
CANADA MOVES INTO 4 NATIONS FINAL WITH WIN OVER SWEDEN
Kitchener, ON – Canada guaranteed itself a spot in Saturday’s final, with a 7-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday in front of nearly 5000 fans The Aud in Kitchenear. Late first period goals by Meghan Agosta and Gillian Apps and Vicky Sunohara’s 53rd and 54th career Team Canada goal kept Canada undefeated all-time against Sweden, registering Canada’s 48th win in 49 games. A 1-1 tie in Canada’s final exhibition game before the 1998 Olympics represents the only blemish on Canada’s record against this Scandic nation.
The game also marked the first time that the two teams have met since the gold medal final at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Canada won 4-1 in that game, ensuring itself a second consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Sweden held its own for most of the opening period, but Canada’s constant pressure finally produced a goal at 15:32, as Cathy Chartrand’s point shot was redirected by Agosta past Sara Grahn.
Only thirty-seven seconds later, Canada made it 2-0. Apps poked her own rebound past Grahn at 17:09.
Canada carried the play in the second period, with a 23-5 shot advantage, and two more goals to show for it. Vicky Sunohara scored a third Canadian goal, with a backhand over Swedish goaltender Sara Grahn’s shoulder. Then, at 4:34, Colleen Sostorics jumped on a long rebound and fired a slapshot past Grahn. Canada had a commanding 4-0 lead through twp periods of play. Sunohara, with her second, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sarah Vaillancourt added singles in the third period, giving Canada a 7-0 win and a berth in the 2006 4 Nations Cup.
Canada closes out the round robin on Friday night against Finland (7:30 pm ET). Finland is still looking for its first point. The early Friday game (4 pm ET) will determine Canada’s opponent in the final, as Sweden and USA meet for the first time since Sweden’s historic win at the Olympics in Turin. The winner will advance to the final, while the loser of this game will battle Finland for bronze. TSN/RDS will be broadcasting the final live on Saturday, November 11th at 4:00 pm (ET).
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André Brin Director, Communications | Directeur, relations médias