2015-16 National Women's Team

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2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship
Game #19
Final
April 3, 2016 10:30 pm AST
Sandman Centre
Kamloops, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
2
3
1
1
3
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
4
10
19
13
17
9
39

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
6
1 / 3
10

Game Story

SPOONER’S HAT TRICK SENDS CANADA TO WOMEN’S WORLDS FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) had a hat trick and finished with four points, leading Canada’s National Women’s Team into the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a 5-3 semifinal win over Finland on Sunday night.

The Canadians will face the United States in the final for the 17th time in as many women’s worlds; the puck drops Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT, live on TSN.

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) had the other goals for Canada, while captain Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) added three assists.

Despite being outshot 13-5 in the first period, it was the Finns who struck first; Saana Valkama kept on a two-on-one and snapped a shot past Canadian goaltender Charline Labonté (Boisbriand, Que./Montreal, CWHL) at the seven-minute mark.

But Spooner answered on the power play six minutes later and got the 4,007 at the Sandman Centre back into the game, redirecting a Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man./Calgary, CWHL) point shot up and over Finnish netminder Meeri Raisanen to send the game to the first intermission tied 1-1.

The Canadians turned up the offence in the second period, outshooting Finland 17-4, but it took until the final three minutes of the middle frame for Agosta to bang in a loose puck at the side of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Spooner doubled the advantage 5:38 into the third period, racing away from a Finnish defenceman and going to the backhand to beat Raisanen on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 3-1.

Finland tried an unconventional strategy in the final 10 minutes, pulling Raisanen on every power play for a six-on-four advantage. It worked when Karvinen tapped the 3-2 goal past Labonté with 4:18 left, but Turnbull scored the game-winner, and Spooner finished her hat trick, both into an empty net on the same penalty kill.

Saila Saari got a consolation goal for the Finns with 33 seconds left to finish the scoring.

Finland outshot Canada 10-9 in the third period, helped by four power plays, but the Canadians held a lopsided 39-19 advantage overall.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Saana Valkama

07:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Michelle Karvinen
(auto) Body Checking minor (2:00)
12:04
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Brigette Lacquette, Marie-Philip Poulin
12:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Venla Hovi
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
17:42
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
(auto) Body Checking minor (2:00)
10:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Jenni Hiirikoski
Tripping minor (2:00)
15:26
GOAL
Goal: Meghan Agosta

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Brigette Lacquette
17:29
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Blayre Turnbull
Tripping minor (2:00)
03:43
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin
05:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
(auto) Body Checking minor (2:00)
11:22
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Meeri Räisänen

13:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Sarah Davis
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
14:49
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Michelle Karvinen

Assists: Riikka Välilä, Petra Nieminen
15:42
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Meeri Räisänen

15:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianne Jenner
(auto) Goaltender Interference minor (2:00)
16:50
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Blayre Turnbull

Assists: Laura Fortino
16:56
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Meeri Räisänen

16:56
GOAL (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin
17:43
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Meeri Räisänen

17:43
GOAL
Goal: Saila Saari

Assists: Ronja Savolainen
19:27

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Meeri Räisänen FIN 56 37 34 3 0.919
Charline Labonté CAN 60 19 16 3 0.842

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 3 - Assists 1 - Points 4
G 3 - A 1 - P 4
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

0 - 1 L vs. RussiaRUS
Apr 4, 2016
0 - 1 L @ United StatesUSA
Apr 4, 2016
3 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Apr 3, 2016
5 - 3 W vs. FinlandFIN
Apr 3, 2016
5 - 0 W vs. Czech Republic CZE
Apr 1, 2016
6 - 1 W vs. FinlandFIN
Mar 31, 2016
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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