2018-19 National Women's Team

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2019 IIHF Women's World Championship
Game #20
Preliminary
Final
April 9, 2019 12:30 pm EDT
Metro Areena
Espoo, FIN

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
6
7
10
23
16
16
17
49

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 5
12
0 / 6
10

Game Story

GABEL LEADS CANADA PAST FINNS AT WOMEN’S WORLDS

JASON LA ROSE

ESPOO, Finland – Loren Gabel (Kitchener, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Canada’s National Women’s Team closed out the preliminary round at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a 6-1 win over Finland on Tuesday.

The victory leaves Canada second in Group A with a 3-0-0-1 record and sets up a Thursday quarter-final against Germany (time TBD). It’ll be just the sixth meeting ever between the Canadians and Germans, and first since the 2007 women’s worlds.

Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL), Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) scored the other goals for the Canadians, who outshot Finland 49-23.

Ann-Sophie Bettez (Sept-Îles, Que./Montreal, CWHL) had a pair of assists, recording her first career points with the national team.

Gabel started the scoring just past the midway mark of the first period, redirecting a Bettez shot under the arm of Finnish goaltender Noora Räty, and Johnston jumped on an Ambrose rebound three minutes later to make it 2-0.

Räty kept it a two-goal game through much of the second period, but Gabel streaked in off the left wing and wired a shot upstairs at 15:35 to stretch the Canadian lead to three.

That was all for Räty, who was replaced by Eveliina Suonpaa after allowing three goals on 29 shots.

Jenner added a fourth Canadian marker before the end of the middle frame, taking a gorgeous feed from Gabel and going to the backhand to beat Suonpaa.

Ella Viitasuo got the Finns on the board early in the third period, getting a seeing-eye wrist shot through traffic and past Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Buffalo, NWHL) to get the pro-Finnish crowd at Metro Areena back into the game, but a pair of quick-strike Canadian goals put the game away.

Nurse was first, jumping onto a loose puck in the offensive zone and roofing a shot over the glove of Suonpaa, and Ambrose pinched in off the blue-line to redirect in a Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Markham, CWHL) pass less than two minutes later.

Szabados was at her busiest in the third period, making nine of her 22 saves to help improve to 17-0 all-time against the Finns.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Natalie Spooner
Hooking (2:00)
05:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Isa Rahunen
Interference (2:00)
08:22
GOAL
Goal: Loren Gabel

Assists: Ann-Sophie Bettez, Renata Fast
10:44
GOAL
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Erin Ambrose, Jillian Saulnier
14:00
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Venla Hovi
Tripping (2:00)
04:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Tanja Niskanen
Interference (2:00)
09:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Erin Ambrose
Tripping (2:00)
10:11
GOAL
Goal: Loren Gabel

Assists: Ann-Sophie Bettez, Jaime Bourbonnais
16:35
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Eveliina Suonpaa

16:35
GOAL
Goal: Brianne Jenner

Assists: Loren Gabel
18:23
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Ella Viitasuo

Assists: Riikka Sallinen
02:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Emma Nuutinen
Hooking (2:00)
04:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Jocelyne Larocque
Tripping (2:00)
07:29
GOAL
Goal: Sarah Nurse

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Renata Fast
09:51
GOAL
Goal: Erin Ambrose

Assists: Jamie Lee Rattray, Mélodie Daoust
11:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Erin Ambrose
Tripping (2:00)
16:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Minnamari Tuominen
Tripping (2:00)
16:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Susanna Tapani
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
18:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Jillian Saulnier
Roughing (2:00)
18:32

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Noora Raty FIN 36 30 27 3 0.900
Eveliina Suonpaa FIN 23 19 16 3 0.842
Shannon Szabados CAN 60 23 22 1 0.957

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

1 - 2 L @ United States USA
Apr 14, 2019
7 - 0 W @ RussiaRUS
Apr 14, 2019
4 - 2 W @ CanadaCAN
Apr 13, 2019
2 - 4 L vs. FinlandFIN
Apr 13, 2019
3 - 1 W vs. Czech RepublicCZE
Apr 11, 2019
5 - 0 W vs. GermanyGER
Apr 11, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 WWC: CAN 7 – RUS 0 (Bronze Medal)
Gabel scored twice to keep Canada on the podium at women’s worlds.
2019 WWC: FIN 4 – CAN 2 (Semifinal)
Rattray and Gabel scored, but Canada was edged by the host Finns.
2019 WWC: CAN 5 – GER 0 (Quarter-Final)
Turnbull opened and closed the scoring to send Canada to the semis.
2019 WWC: CAN 6 – FIN 1 (Preliminary)
Gabel scored twice and added an assist to help Canada beat the Finns.