2010-11 National Women's Team

Sweden 1 - Canada 8


CLARENVILLE, N.L. - Canada's kids came to play Wednesday at the 4 Nations Cup.
The majority of Canada's scoring in an 8-1 win over Sweden came from the under-22 set, led by 20-year-old Natalie Spooner (Toronto, Ont.) and her hat trick.

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Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) scored twice for the host team with Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) and Meaghan Mikkelson (Edmonton, Alta.) each contributing a goal for Canada (1-1). Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont.) had four assists and Bendus had three assists.

Bendus, Johnston and Wakefield are 21 and Irwin is 22.

“There are fresh faces in the program and just to try to prove ourselves on the team at this tournament is a big step in that,'' Spooner said.

Therese Sjolander scored Sweden's lone goal in the first period to temporarily tie the game at 1-1.

The U.S. blanked Finland 4-0 in a later game to improve to 2-0. Megan Duggan led the U.S. with a pair of goals and Molly Schaus earned a 21-save shutout. Jocelyne Lamoureux and Brianna Decker also scored for the Americans.

Canada, which opened with a 3-2 shootout loss to the U.S., is tied with Finland at 1-1.

All four countries have Thursday off. Canada concludes the preliminary round against Finland and the U.S. versus Sweden on Friday. The two teams with the best records meet in Saturday's final (TSN2, 6 p.m. ET).

Sweden beat Canada for the first time in history at the 4 Nations Cup two years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a 2-1 overtime victory.
Spooner, playing just her seventh career game for the national team Wednesday, was a member of that Canadian team that suffered that loss. She admitted that was on her mind.

“A little bit,” she said. “I knew we had to win today to have a good shot at the final, so there was a little bit of pressure.”

Goaltender Sara Grahn was in Sweden's net for the historic win for her country and was given the start Wednesday ahead of 2006 Olympic heroine Kim Martin.

But there was no upset brewing this time in front of a full house at the 1,250-seat Clarenville Events Centre. Canada outshot Sweden 58-22, so Grahn made 50 saves to Kim St. Pierre's 20 for Canada.

Spooner was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the U.S., so unlike some of her teammates who were playing their second game in as many nights, she had fresh legs.

Spooner, Wakefield and Bendus made up Canada's youngest forward line and created immediate chemistry despite having never before played together on the national team. Spooner almost had four goals as she hit the post in the first period. Bendus's goal was her first for the national team.
“Bendus and I had a lot of chemistry together on Ontario's under-18 team our last two years there,'' Wakefield explained. “We kind of used that and fed off each other. It's good to have a sniper like Natalie on our line to put the puck in the net.'”

The line of Irwin, Johnston and Meghan Agosta was also a force as the trio combined for three of Canada’s eight goals. Canadian head coach Ryan Walter gave the Spooner and Irwin lines a lot of ice time against Sweden.

“With two games over two nights, we wanted to share the ice time and make sure everyone got a lot of ice time,” he said.
Sweden, Olympic silver medallists in 2006, finished fourth in Vancouver. Like Canada, they retained 13 players from their Olympic squad, but have a new coach.

Peter Elander is now coaching the University of North Dakota women's team. Niclas Hogberg, who coached Sweden's under-18 team, is now behind the national team's bench.

Canada led 2-1 after the first period and broke the game open in the second with goals from Johnston, Bendus and Spooner. Spooner's second was scored on a delayed penalty to Sweden, with St. Pierre pulled for an extra attacker

Notes: Toronto forward Cherie Piper played her 100th career game for Canada's national team Wednesday . . . Clarenville is about 150 kilometres west northwest of St. John's on the Trans-Canada Highway.


Game Information
Game Number 3 Round Round Robin
Arena Clarenville Events Centre City, Country Clarenville, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 11/10/2010 Time 07:00 PM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
Canada (CAN) 2 3 3 8

First Period
   05:46 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (28 Vicki Bendus, 20 Jennifer Wakefield)
   12:52 SWE 25 Therése Sjolander  (24 Erika Grahm)
   18:27 CAN 21 Haley Irwin (18 Bobbi Jo Slusar, 2 Meghan Agosta)


Second Period
   02:26 CAN 6 Rebecca Johnston (2 Meghan Agosta, 21 Haley Irwin) PP
   03:05 CAN 28 Vicki Bendus (20 Jennifer Wakefield, 3 Jocelyne Larocque)
   17:46 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (28 Vicki Bendus, 20 Jennifer Wakefield)

   00:13 SWE 8 Erika Holst (Holding Opp. Stick)
   09:15 CAN 21 Haley Irwin (Hooking)
   10:35 CAN 25 Tessa Bonhomme (Boarding)

Third Period
   05:59 CAN 6 Rebecca Johnston (2 Meghan Agosta)
   08:23 CAN 12 Meaghan Mikkelson (3 Jocelyne Larocque, 28 Vicki Bendus) PP
   11:53 CAN 24 Natalie Spooner (20 Jennifer Wakefield)

   02:04 CAN 22 Hayley Wickenheiser (Holding)
   06:27 SWE 28 Danijela Rundqvist (Roughing After Whistle)

1 Sara Grahn On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
33 Kim St-Pierre On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Sweden 6 10 6 22
Canada 14 16 28 58

Player of the Game
Canada 24 Natalie Spooner
Sweden 2 Elin Holmlov
Referee Sylena Mutsaers
Lines People Denise Caughey, Vanessa Stratton

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