2018 Olympic Winter Games (Women)

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2018 Olympic Winter Games (Women)
Game #18
Semifinal
Final
February 19, 2018 7:10 am EST
Gangneung Hockey Centre
Gangneung, KOR

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
4
4
14
11
14
22
47

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
16
1 / 8
4

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS OAR, OFF TO SIXTH-STRAIGHT OLYMPIC FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Linköping HC, SWE) scored a pair of goals, helping Canada's Women's Olympic Team to the gold medal game at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games after a 5-0 semifinal win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Monday.

The Canadians will face the United States on Wednesday night (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT), one win away from an unprecedented fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL), Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) had the other goals for Canada, which scored early in all three periods.

Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta.) needed to make just 14 saves to record the shutout in her second start of the tournament.

Wakefield didn't waste any time giving the Canadians the lead, converting a feed from Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) to make it 1-0 just 1:50 after the puck dropped.

Poulin made it a two-goal game just past the three-minute mark of the second, tucking in a backhand after Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) had dangled her way around the offensive zone.

Russian goaltender Valeria Tarakanova was the story through 40 minutes, making 23 saves, but Canada got to her early in the third to prematurely end her evening.

Wakefield was first, walking out from behind the net and sneaking a wrist shot short-side for her second of the game at 1:59, and Clark cleaned up a Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Markham, CWHL) rebound just 31 seconds after that for a 4-0 lead.

That was all for Tarakanova, who was replaced by Nadezhda Aleksandrova.

Johnston capped the scoring with just over six minutes left, finding her own rebound off the crossbar and beating Aleksandrova.

The Canadians, who have appeared in all six women's hockey gold medal games, will take a 23-game Olympic winning streak into the final. A victory would make them the first team, men's or women's, to win five-straight Olympic gold medals in any sport.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Jennifer Wakefield

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull
01:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Angelina Goncharenko
Hooking (2:00)
06:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Yekaterina Lovova
Tripping (2:00)
12:35
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Mélodie Daoust
03:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Body-Checking (2:00)
03:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Maria Batalova
Roughing (2:00)
07:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Yekaterina Smolina
Body-Checking (2:00)
16:34
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jennifer Wakefield

Assists: Laura Fortino, Blayre Turnbull
01:59
GOAL
Goal: Emily Clark

Assists: Laura Stacey, Meaghan Mikkelson
02:30
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Nadezhda Aleksandrova

02:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Yelena Dergachyova
Tripping (2:00)
08:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Yekaterina Lovova
Body-Checking (2:00)
13:35
GOAL
Goal: Rebecca Johnston (power play)

Assists: Mélodie Daoust, Haley Irwin
14:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Yevgenia Dyupina
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
18:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Yevgenia Dyupina
Roughing (2:00)
18:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
Roughing (2:00)
18:33

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Valeria Tarakanova OAR 42 29 25 4 0.862
Nadezhda Aleksandrova OAR 17 18 17 1 0.944
Shannon Szabados CAN 60 14 14 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 4 - SVS - 25 - SV% - 0.862
GA 0 - SVS - 14 - SV% - 1.000
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

2 - 3 L @ FinlandFIN
Feb 21, 2018
2 - 3 L vs. United StatesUSA
Feb 21, 2018
0 - 5 L @ CanadaCAN
Feb 19, 2018
5 - 0 W vs. Olympic Athletes from RussiaOAR
Feb 19, 2018
6 - 2 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Feb 16, 2018
2 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Feb 14, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Preliminary)
Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust had two goals each, sending Canada to an Olympic-opening win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – ROY 1 (League)
Daoust had 2G 1A to help Canada to the win in the Esso Series finale.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 3 – FLA 2 (League)
Rougeau and Nurse had 1G 1A each, and Canada hung on for the win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 2 – USA 1 (OT) (Exhibition)
Wakefield scored with 26 seconds to play in the series finale.
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