2016-17 National Women's Team

2017 IIHF Women's World Championship
Game #17
Semifinal
Final
April 6, 2017 3:35 pm EDT
USA Hockey Arena – A1
Plymouth, Mich.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
7
11
23
11
12
12
35

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 6
13
1 / 5
12

Game Story

SZABADOS STARS AGAIN, SENDS CANADA TO FINAL AT WOMEN’S WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Fort Saskatchewan, CHL) made 23 saves for her second-consecutive shutout, helping Canada’s National Women’s Team blank Finland 4-0 on Thursday to advance to the gold medal game at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The Canadians are into the final for the 18th time at women’s worlds, and will face either the United States or Germany for gold on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT).

Szabados earned her 41st career win with Team Canada, moving her past Sami Jo Small for third all-time among Canadian goaltenders, and her 15th shutout tied her with Small for third place.

Finland handed Canada a shocking 4-3 defeat in preliminary-round play last Saturday, but the Canadians made sure early there would be no repeat; they took the play to the Scandinavians early, although the play of Finnish netminder Noora Räty kept the game scoreless.

Canada finally broke through late in the opening frame; Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./University of Minnesota, WCHA) redirected a point shot from Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man./University of North Dakota, WCHA) off the side of the net, but quickly stuffed in the rebound for a 1-0 lead at 17:35.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) doubled the advantage five minutes into the second period, patiently outwaiting a sliding Finnish defenceman before popping the water bottle over the short-side shoulder of Räty.

Poulin played the set-up role on the 3-0 goal at 7:33, feeding Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) for a power-play marker. It was Canada’s first goal with the man advantage in nine chances against the Finns in the tournament.

Szabados took over from there, making a pad save off Linda Valimaki in the last minute of the middle frame before stretching to get her blocker on a Venla Hovi chance for a how-did-she-do-that stop midway through the third period.

Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) capped the scoring with a shorthanded goal into an empty net with 4:29 remaining.

Szabados got progressively busier as the game went along, making five saves in the first period, seven in the second and 11 more in the third. She is the first Canadian goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts at women’s worlds since Kim St-Pierre blanked Sweden and Finland in 2009.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Noora Raty
Interference - Major (5:00)
07:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Anna Kilponen
Tripping (2:00)
09:16
GOAL
Goal: Sarah Potomak

Assists: Brianne Jenner, Natalie Spooner
17:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Blayre Turnbull
Slashing (2:00)
18:51
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Natalie Spooner
05:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Anna Kilponen
Hooking (2:00)
06:07
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin
07:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Erin Ambrose
Hooking (2:00)
11:05
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by )
Too Many Players (2:00)
12:51
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Haley Irwin
Hooking (2:00)
01:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Linda Valimaki
Holding (2:00)
03:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Jocelyne Larocque
Hooking (2:00)
08:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Natalie Spooner
Tripping (2:00)
13:47
GOAL (EMPTY NET) (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Emily Clark

Assists: Lauriane Rougeau
15:10
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Noora Raty

15:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Fortino
Tripping (2:00)
16:57
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Noora Raty

19:38

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Noora Raty FIN 56 34 31 3 0.912
Shannon Szabados CAN 60 23 23 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 3 - SV - 31 - SAV% - 0.912
GA 0 - SV - 23 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

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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