2016-17 National Women's Team

2017 IIHF Women's World Championship
Game #8
Preliminary
Final
April 1, 2017 7:35 pm EDT
USA Hockey Arena – A1
Plymouth, Mich.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
2
1
4
1
1
1
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
8
11
26
13
13
12
38

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
12
0 / 6
8

Game Story

CANADA FALLS TO FINNS AT WOMEN’S WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) tied the game just 36 seconds into the third period, but a late goal left Canada’s National Women’s Team with a 4-3 loss to Finland on Saturday at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

It is the first time Canada has lost to someone other than the United States at women’s worlds, and the first time it has ever lost to the Finns, dropping its all-time record against the Scandinavians to 69-1-1.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) had the other goals for the Canadians; Poulin and Johnston finished with a goal and an assist each.

The Canadians carried the play early, outshooting Finland 13-7 in the first period, but Sanni Hakala opened the scoring with 1:18 left, redirecting a shot past goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) after a turnover at the blue-line.

Poulin needed just 27 seconds to tie the game, burying the rebound of an Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) shot to send the game to the intermission even at 1-1.

Petra Nieminen restored the Finnish lead 61 seconds into the second period, going short-side on Maschmeyer on the power play, but again Canada answered quickly. Turnbull took a short pass from Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) and wired a quick shot upstairs for the 2-2 goal at 4:21.

The back-and-forth momentum shifts continued in the early minutes of the middle frame; Susanna Tapani got her stick on a point shot at the 6:49 mark, squeezing the tip-in past Maschmeyer to give Finland its third lead.

That would be all for Maschmeyer, who was replaced by Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont,/Calgary, CWHL) after allowing three goals on 11 shots.

With the Canadians staring down a historic loss, Johnston struck in the first minute of the third period, taking a pass from Poulin before going five-hole on Finnish netminder Noora Räty to make it 3-3.

Both teams had their chances in the final frame – Canada outshot Finland 12-11 – but it was the Finns who got the game-winner with overtime looming; Ronja Savolainen snuck her point shot through traffic and past Lacasse with just 1:41 to go.

The Canadians held a 38-26 advantage in shots on goal, but went goalless in six chances on the power play.

Canada will look to finish the preliminary round with its first win when it meets Russia on Monday afternoon. The puck drops at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, live on TSN.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ronja Savolainen
Hooking (2:00)
04:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Venla Hovi
Tripping (2:00)
06:41
GOAL
Goal: Sanni Hakala

Assists: Susanna Tapani
18:42
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Erin Ambrose, Rebecca Johnston
19:09
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Rebecca Johnston
Hooking (2:00)
00:30
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Petra Nieminen

Assists: Susanna Tapani, Minttu Tuominen
01:01
GOAL
Goal: Blayre Turnbull

Assists: Lauriane Rougeau, Laura Fortino
04:21
GOAL
Goal: Susanna Tapani

Assists: Sara Säkkinen
06:49
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Geneviève Lacasse

07:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Isa Rahunen
Slashing (2:00)
07:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Bram
Tripping (2:00)
10:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Susanna Tapani
Body-Checking (2:00)
14:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin, Jocelyne Larocque
00:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Hooking (2:00)
03:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
Interference (2:00)
09:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Michelle Karvinen
Interference (2:00)
15:48
GOAL
Goal: Ronja Savolainen

18:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Jenni Hiirikoski
Slashing (2:00)
19:00

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Noora Raty FIN 60 38 35 3 0.921
Emerance Maschmeyer CAN 27 11 8 3 0.727
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 31 15 14 1 0.933

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

8 - 0 W @ GermanyGER
Apr 7, 2017
2 - 3 L @ United States USA
Apr 7, 2017
0 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
Apr 6, 2017
4 - 0 W v FinlandFIN
Apr 6, 2017
4 - 0 W v SwedenSWE
Apr 4, 2017
8 - 0 W v RussiaRUS
Apr 3, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017-18 NMT: CAN 3 – SUI 0 (Championship)
Poulin made 36 saves to backstop Canada to the Spengler Cup title.
2017-18 NMT - CAN 5 – MHK 2 (Semifinal)
Noreau had 1G 1A to help Canada reach another Spengler Cup final.
2018 WJC : CAN 8 – DEN 0 (Preliminary)
15 players recorded points to help Canada clinch first in Group A.
2018 WJC : USA 4 – CAN 3 SO (Preliminary)
Hart made 32 saves, but Canada fell in the first WJC outdoor game.
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