2016-17 National Women's Team

2016 4 Nations Cup
Game #8
Gold/Or
Final
November 5, 2016 11:30 am EST
Järvenpää Arena
Järvenpää, FIN

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
4
4
5
13
5
13
8
26

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
8
0 / 4
8

Game Story

CANADA FALLS TO U.S. IN 4 NATIONS GOLD MEDAL GAME

JASON LA ROSE

JÄRVENPÄÄ, Finland – Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) opened and closed the scoring, but the United States scored five of the six in between, handing Canada’s National Women’s Team a 5-3 loss Saturday in the gold medal game at the 2016 4 Nations Cup.

It’s the second year in a row the Americans have beaten Canada in the final. Overall, the Canadians still lead the all-time gold medal count, 14 to seven.

Riding the momentum of their preliminary-round win on Friday, the Canadians jumped out to a quick lead just 3:40 after the puck dropped when Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) found Poulin in front for the 1-0 goal.

But Emily Pfalzer brought the U.S. even at 16:51, and Hilary Knight streaked down the right wing to beat Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) only 79 seconds after that, sending the Americans to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after one period.

The U.S. had the edge in a scoreless second period, outshooting Canada 13-4, but strong play from Maschmeyer kept it a one-goal game through 40 minutes.

Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) tied it for the Canadians with her first international goal just shy of the six-minute mark of the third period, wiring a wrist shot past U.S. netminder Alex Rigsby.

Unfortunately for Canada, an offensive burst by the Americans all but put the game away shortly after.

Brianna Decker found the puck in the slot and hammered a slap shot past Maschmeyer just 53 seconds after the Stacey goal, Knight drove to the net for her second of the game at 9:46 and Kelli Stack finished a set-up from Alex Carpenter at 11:47, capping a three-goals-in-five-minutes spurt that made it a 5-2 game.

Poulin got a consolation goal with 40 seconds left, but two goals would be as close as Canada would get.

The captain finished as Canada’s leading scorer at the tournament, scoring three times and adding three assists in four games, two points up on Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Brampton, CWHL), who added her fourth helper of the tournament on the opening goal.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Laura Fortino
03:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Megan Bozek
Slashing (2:00)
04:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Lee Stecklein
Hooking (2:00)
10:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Amanda Pelkey
Tripping (2:00)
13:44
GOAL
Goal: Emily Pfalzer

Assists: Haley Skarupa
16:51
GOAL
Goal: Hilary Knight

Assists: Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne Schofield
18:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Hooking (2:00)
19:49
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kelli Stack
Hooking (2:00)
08:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Renata Fast
Interference (2:00)
12:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Slashing (2:00)
14:55
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Laura Stacey

Assists: Jessica Campbell
05:50
GOAL
Goal: Brianna Decker

06:43
GOAL
Goal: Hilary Knight

Assists: Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan
09:46
GOAL
Goal: Kelli Stack

Assists: Alex Carpenter, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
11:47
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston
19:20
Photos
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – HCL 2 (Championship)
2016-17 NMT: CAN 3 – MIN 2 (Semifinal)
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – MHK 1 (Quarter-Final)

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

3 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Nov 5, 2016
5 - 3 W v CanadaCAN
Nov 5, 2016
3 - 2 W v United StatesUSA
Nov 4, 2016
2 - 3 L @ CanadaCAN
Nov 4, 2016
3 - 1 W @ SwedenSWE
Nov 2, 2016
4 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Nov 2, 2016