2014-15 National Women's Team

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2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship
Game #11
Final
March 31, 2015 10:00 am AST
Malmö Isstadion
Malmö, SWE

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
1
2
2
2
2
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
3
8
17
5
12
12
29

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 2
6
2 / 3
4

Game Story

SPOONER, WAKEFIELD PACE OFFENCE; LEAD CANADA INTO SEMIS

WENDY GRAVES

MALMÖ, Sweden – Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./IK Guts, SWE) led the way with three points apiece and Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Boston, CWHL) made 15 saves as Canada’s National Women’s Team defeated Finland 6-2 on Tuesday to secure a spot in the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

Spooner scored twice and added an assist, while Wakefield had a goal and two helpers. Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) and Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) each had a goal and an assist. Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) also scored for Canada.

Jenni Hiirikoski scored both goals for Finland. Eveliina Suonpaa stopped 23 shots in the loss.

Canada entered the day’s match-up with a perfect 16-0 record all time versus Finland at the world championship, surrendering only 17 goals in those games. The more immediate story coming into this day, though, was Canada’s special teams.

The team’s power play had been stagnant through its first two games, going a combined 0-for-7 against the United States and Russia. An early hooking call against Finland gave the unit a chance to get on track. Only eight seconds into the power play, blue-liner Lacquette took a cross-crease pass from Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) for her first goal with Team Canada.

Canada doubled its lead just over two minutes later, when Spooner used a Finnish screen to beat Suonpaa low to the blocker side.

Finland got one back less than two minutes later. Hiirikoski’s point shot found its way through a sea of bodies, the fourth goal Canada’s penalty kill has allowed in the tournament.

After being outshot 6-5 through 20 minutes, Canada dominated puck possession – and the shot count (12-3) – through the middle frame. The team was finally rewarded with a pair of quick goals late in the period.

Wakefield got behind the defence and sent a slap shot top shelf on the glove side. Thirty-seven seconds later Birchard went five-hole with a shot from the top of the face-off circle.

A three-minute window late in the third wrapped up the scoring. First, Clark drove to the net to score her first goal for Canada’s National Women’s Team. Hiirokoksi replied seven seconds later with a shot that trickled past Lacasse. Minutes later Spooner wrapped up the scoring by spinning to bury the rebound off of Birchard’s point shot.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Rosa Lindstedt
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
08:48
GOAL
Goal: Brigette Lacquette (power play)

Assists: Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin
08:56
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Jennifer Wakefield
11:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
12:20
GOAL
Goal: Jenni Hiirikoski (power play)

Assists: Rosa Lindstedt
12:32
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Suvi Ollikainen
(auto) Interference minor (2:00)
08:25
GOAL
Goal: Jennifer Wakefield

Assists: Natalie Spooner
16:36
GOAL
Goal: Courtney Birchard

Assists: Emily Clark
17:13
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Natalie Spooner
Tripping minor (2:00)
07:16
GOAL
Goal: Emily Clark

Assists: Jillian Saulnier
14:10
GOAL
Goal: Jenni Hiirikoski

Assists: Riikka Valila
14:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Vilma Tanskanen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
15:41
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner (power play)

Assists: Courtney Birchard, Jennifer Wakefield
17:17

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Eveliina Suonpaa FIN 60 29 23 6 0.793
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 60 17 15 2 0.882

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ RussiaRUS
Apr 4, 2015
5 - 7 L vs. United StatesUSA
Apr 4, 2015
0 - 3 L @ CanadaCAN
Apr 3, 2015
3 - 0 W vs. FinlandFIN
Apr 3, 2015
3 - 0 W vs. SwitzerlandSUI
Apr 1, 2015
6 - 2 W vs. FinlandFIN
Mar 31, 2015
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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