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Canada wins 4 Nations Cup

Canada wins 4 Nations Cup

Worldwide highlights as women’s hockey heats up

Published 10.11.2014 12:01 GMT+1 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Canada wins 4 Nations Cup
Brianne Jenner scored the shootout winner for Canada at the Four Nations Cup, hosted by Kamloops, site of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
At the Four Nations Cup, Canada beat the U.S. 3-2 in a shootout to win the first gold medal game between the women’s hockey superpowers since Sochi.

It was the second straight time and 14th overall that the Canadians, the four-time defending Olympic champions, have captured the Four Nations Cup. Earlier on November 8, Sweden defeated Finland 2-1 in overtime to claim bronze.

Attendance for the intense, thrilling finale was 5,816, setting a new Four Nations Cup gold medal game record. That bodes well for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which will also take place in this beautiful, mountain-ringed city in British Columbia’s interior. Kamloops previously co-hosted the 2006 World Juniors.

“Our hats are off to the city of Kamloops for what they’ve put on here,” said Canadian captain Haley Irwin. “To have our fans out there, cheering for us, they’re our sixth and seventh man.”

If Sochi was the cake for Canada in 2014, Kamloops added a little bit of icing. Although not an IIHF tournament, the Four Nations Cup is an important landmark en route to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

All the teams experimented with young or newer talent. Canada’s original roster for Kamloops, for instance, was 50 percent 2014 Olympians and 50 percent senior national team debutantes. Veteran stars like Hayley Wickenheiser, Caroline Ouellette, and Marie-Philippe Poulin did not play.

Forward Brianne Jenner scored the lone goal in the shootout, featuring three attempts by each side. Goalie Genevieve Lacasse, who was Canada’s third netminder at the last two Worlds and in Sochi, made a brilliant glove save on American star Hilary Knight to seal the deal.

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“I’ve been waiting for this game for three years,” said Lacasse. “This is the biggest game I’ve played with the national team so far. I just came out here and embraced the moment and tried to get a win for the team.”

Many viewed Canada’s 3-2 comeback victory in overtime in the Sochi final as the single most exciting hockey game of the 2014 Olympics – for either gender. And even in defeat, the new U.S. head coach, ex-NHLer Ken Klee, described the Kamloops rematch as “one hell of a game” and “just an awesome thing for women’s hockey”.

“It was definitely close,” said U.S. captain Alex Carpenter. “It hurts a little bit. But our main focus is the World Championship in Malmo. We’re going to use this as a stepping stone.”

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice in regulation for Canada, while Knight and Brianna Decker replied for the Americans.

Overall, there weren’t many surprises at the Four Nations Cup. The Finns came closest to staging an upset when they only trailed Canada 1-0 early in the third period, but lost 3-1.

The Swedes dodged a bullet while nipping Finland for bronze. It was almost a disastrous tournament debut for head coach Leif Boork, who served as an assistant to Niclas Hogberg in Sochi.

Damkronorna were blanked in three straight round-robin losses (2-0 to Canada, 1-0 to Finland and 3-0 to the U.S.). They were 3:33 away from becoming the first Four Nations team ever to go scoreless through an entire tournament – when Emma Nordin potted the 1-1 equalizer.

Similar to the 2014 Olympics, a Swedish victory sent Finland home empty-handed. Captain Jenni Asserholt got the OT winner with one minute remaining.

“We had a restart of the team, so to speak, because we had some really tough years the last four or five years,” said Boork, 65, who previously coached the Swedish and Norwegian national men’s teams. “So we had to try to rebuild it. We haven’t had that many shots on goal or made so many goals, but then we made the most important goals in this game. That feels good.”

The Finns took a step back after winning Four Nations silver last year following a shocking 3-1 victory over the host Americans in Lake Placid. They outshot Sweden 28-16, but it wasn’t enough against Kim Martin Hasson, best-known as the heroine of Sweden’s unlikely 2006 Olympic silver medal run.

“We had maybe 10 to 12 good chances to score,” said captain Jenni Hiirikoski. “So it was like Finland versus Kim Martin today.”

While the Finns used three different goalies in Kamloops and all played well, they’ll hope to get top netminder Noora Raty back for Malmo despite her announcement in Sochi to leave. Thrice named Best Goalie at the Women’s Worlds (2007, 2008, 2011), the 25-year-old has played this season with Kiekko Vantaa in Mestis, the second-highest Finnish men’s league.

November has also featured plenty of other noteworthy international women’s action.

The International Chablais Hockey Trophy tournament was hosted from November 7 to 9 by Switzerland, which surprisingly captured the 2014 Olympic bronze medal over Sweden. Germany, however, won the three-game round-robin invitational, edging a promising French squad that finished second. Slovakia was fourth. France’s Lara Escudero led the tournament in scoring (1-3-4).

In a three-game qualification series for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, Japan and the Czech Republic both posted 2-0 victories over each other, setting up a showdown for top-division promotion on Tuesday in Yokohama. See game stories: Game 1, Game 2.

In a round-robin U18 women’s competition, four nations squared off in Dmitrov, Russia, and the host nation came away victorious with seven points after beating Finland 2-1 and Germany 4-2 before falling 3-2 to Sweden in a shootout. The Finns were second with six points and Sweden third with five points. Germany, outscored 12-5, finished with zero points.

Four Nations Cup in Canada
4 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   USA v Finland 5-0
4 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Sweden v Canada 0-2
5 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Finland v Sweden 1-0
5 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   USA v Canada 2-3
7 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Sweden v USA 0-3
7 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Finland v Canada 1-3
8 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Finland v Sweden 1-2 OT
8 Nov.   Kamloops (CAN)   Canada v USA 3-2 OT
Standings: 1. Canada, 2. USA, 3. Sweden, 4. Finland.
International Chablais Hockey Trophy in Switzerland
7 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   Slovakia v Germany 1-7
7 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   France v Switzerland 4-1
8 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   Slovakia v France 1-4
8 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   Switzerland v Germany 2-1 SO
9 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   Germany v France 3-1
9 Nov.   Monthey (SUI)   Switzerland v Slovakia 2-4
Standings: 1. Germany 7, 2. France 6, 3. Slovakia 3, 4. Switzerland 2.
2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Qualification Series in Japan
8 Nov.   Yokohama (JPN)   Japan v Czech Rep. 2-0
9 Nov.   Yokohama (JPN)   Czech Rep. v Japan 2-0
11 Nov.   Yokohama (JPN)   Japan v Czech Rep.  
Four Nations Tournament in Russia
7 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Sweden v Germany 6-3
7 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Russia v Finland 2-1
8 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Finland v Sweden 2-1
8 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Russia v Germany 4-2
9 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Germany v Finland 0-2
9 Nov.   Dmitrov (RUS)   Russia v Sweden 2-3 SO
Standings: 1. Russia 7, 2. Finland 6, 3. Sweden 5, 4. Germany 0.
Exhibition games in Slovakia
7 Nov.   Brezno (SVK)   Slovakia v Switzerland 0-3
8 Nov.   Brezno (SVK)   Slovakia v Switzerland 0-1
9 Nov.   Brezno (SVK)   Slovakia v Switzerland 2-4
Exhibition games in Norway
7 Nov.   Hamar (NOR)   Norway v Denmark 7-0
8 Nov.   Hamar (NOR)   Norway v Denmark 8-1
9 Nov.   Hamar (NOR)   Norway v Denmark 4-2
Exhibition games in Hungary
8 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Hungary v Austria 3-1
9 Nov.   Budapest (HUN)   Hungary v Austria 1-3


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