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U18 Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Finland

Sunday, June 12 | 2:30 p.m. CT | Madison, Wisconsin | Semifinals

June 11, 2022
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GAME STATS

TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

After a low offensive output throughout the preliminary round, Canada answered the call against Slovakia in the quarterfinals to punch its ticket to the semifinals against Finland.

LAST GAME

Canada’s offence found its groove against Slovakia, coming away with a 7-0 win in the quarterfinals—flipping the score the Americans put up against the Canadians the night before. Canada saw goals from seven different skaters, with Madison Chantler, Ava Murphy, Karel Préfontaine and Mckenna Van Gelder finishing with a goal and an assist each. Mari Pietersen earned her first international shutout, but it was Slovakia’s Livia Debnarova who saw all the action, making 58 saves on 65 shots.

Finland is coming off a loss, going back and forth with Nordic rivals Sweden in its final preliminary game on Thursday to fall 5-4. Jenna Raunio was the hero for Sweden, scoring the winning goal with just eight seconds left on the clock. The loss created a three-way tie in Group A, with Finland earning a bye to the semifinals on the back of its 5-9 goal differential over Canada’s 3-10 and Sweden’s 6-10.

LAST MEETING

Canada was served its first loss against Finland in tournament history earlier this week, getting blanked 2-0 in its first preliminary game on Monday. The Canadians weathered a strong first period from the Finns, thanks in large part to goaltender Hailey MacLeod, and directed 33 shots at Finnish netminder Emilia Kyrkkö in the final 40 minutes (and 40 overall), but couldn’t find a goal and lost for the first time in 10 meetings with the Finns at the tournament.

WHAT TO WATCH

With Canada’s focus on creating better scoring opportunities, blueliner Ava Murphy’s play stood out against Slovakia with a powerful drive to the net in the third to collect her own rebound for her first goal of the tournament. The 5-foot-9 defender’s ability to jump into the play created good looks for Canada, who will need to keep control in the offensive zone to stay competitive against Finland.

Finland’s historic win over Canada to open the tournament was in large part due to Canada’s shot selection. On the scoring opportunities the Canadians did generate, Finland’s Kyrkkö covered well.

A LOOK BACK

Before Canada dropped its first ever game against Finland on Monday, it held a 9-0 record against the Finns, allowing only three goals against in those nine meetings.

The most dominant victory for the Canadians came in the inaugural matchup in Calgary, with Canada earning a 17-0 win. Marie-Philip Poulin had a hat trick, Laura Fortino added a goal and four assists and Natalie Spooner chipped in with five helpers in the 2008 game.

All-time record: Canada leads 9-1
Canada goals: 61
Finland goals: 5

For more information:

Esther Madziya
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Hockey Canada

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Spencer Sharkey
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Hockey Canada

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Jeremy Knight
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Hockey Canada

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