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Women’s Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Finland

Friday, August 20 | 4 p.m. MT | Calgary, Alberta | Preliminary Round

Jason LaRose
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August 20, 2021
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GAME NOTES: Canada vs. Finland (August 20)

TV: TSN | TSN Direct

Let the games begin at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship! Canada’s National Women’s Team opens its preliminary-round schedule against Finland, 860 days after the most recent women’s worlds came to a close.

A long and winding road that included a pair of COVID-caused cancellations in 2020 and earlier this year comes to an end when the puck drops at WinSport Arena, giving the best players in the world their turn in the international hockey spotlight.

LAST GAME

The Canadians and Finns faced off in pre-tournament action on Wednesday night, with Canada earning a 4-1 victory. But the contest was much closer than the three-goal spread indicates.

Finland opened the scoring off the stick of Sofianna Sundelin six minutes in, and Canada gifted its Nordic nemesis 11 opportunities on the power play, all of which came up empty. Natalie Spooner tied it for the Canadians late in the first period and Emily Clark got the winner midway through the third before Marie-Philip Poulin and Emma Maltais found the empty net for shorthanded goals in the dying minutes.

LAST MEETING

We just talked about it!

WHAT TO WATCH

If the Canadians want to be the last team standing on Aug. 31, they need to stay out of the penalty box. Canada paraded to the penalty box 11 times against the Finns, including four minors in the first period and a major in the third, and back-to-back late calls that gave Finland a 6-on-3 advantage in a one-goal game with less than three minutes to go. The penalty kill was terrific, keeping the Finns goalless, but as the old saying goes – if you keep playing with fire, you’re going to get burned.

Noora Räty didn’t make the trip across the Atlantic, but Anni Keisala and Meeri Räisänen acquitted themselves just fine in the Finnish goal on Wednesday night, combining for 41 saves in the pre-tournament loss. Whoever gets the start in the opener will need to be just as good once again to give the Finns a chance.

A LOOK BACK

The Finns have been frequent foes for Canada – only the U.S. has stood across the ice more often. The 81-game history belongs to the Canadians; they won 70 of the first 71 meetings, with only a 6-6 tie in 1999 interrupting that run. Finland finally broke through at the 2017 women’s worlds with a 4-3 prelim win, but Canada got its revenge in a 4-0 semifinal triumph.

Jayna Hefford owns the single-game scoring record for Canada, posting seven points – a hat trick and four assists – in an 8-1 win over the Finns at the 2006 4 Nations Cup. Caroline Ouellette added three goals and three helpers of her own in that one; those are two of just 10 six-point efforts in Team Canada history.

All-time record: Canada leads 78-2-1
Canada goals: 412
Finland goals: 103

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

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Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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