2018-19 National Women's Team

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2019 IIHF Women's World Championship
Game #26
Semifinal
Final
April 13, 2019 9:00 am EDT
Metro Areena
Espoo, FIN

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
2
1
4
1
1
0
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
6
9
5
20
14
18
13
45

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 4
10
0 / 5
8

Game Story

CANADA EDGED BY FINNS IN SEMIFINALS AT WWC

JASON LA ROSE

ESPOO, Finland – Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Markham, CWHL) and Loren Gabel (Kitchener, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) scored goals, but Canada’s National Women’s Team was stymied by Finnish goaltender Noora Räty in a 4-2 semifinal loss to the hosts Saturday at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The Canadians will play for bronze Sunday (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT) for the first time at women’s worlds; they’ll take on the loser of the United States-Russia semifinal in the third-place game.

Canada swarmed the Finns from the first drop of the puck, and were rewarded with an early goal when Rattray redirected a shot from Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont,/Markham, CWHL) past Räty just 2:32 in.

But the Finns got that back when Ronja Savolainen tipped a shot from Jenni Hiirikoski behind Canadian netminder Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Buffalo, NWHL) on the power play, sending the game to the intermission even despite Canada holding a 14-6 advantage in shots.

Finland took its first lead when Hiirikoski hammered a slap shot past Szabados for another man-advantage marker seven minutes into the second period, but Gabel – with her back to the net – knocked a loose puck just inside the near post only 63 seconds later to tie the game for Canada.

Susanna Tapani gave the Finns the lead back with the game-winner before the end of the middle frame, getting a piece of a shot from Nelli Laitanen at 16:18.

Räty was busiest in the second period, making 17 of her 43 stops, including a number of saves on a long two-man advantage for the Canadians early in the stanza.

She was just as good in the third, turning away all 13 shots she faced as Canada searched for the equalizer.

Szabados went to the bench with under two minutes left, but Savolainen raced away for an empty-net goal with 38 seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Finns in front of 4,311 fans at Metro Areena.

Canada’s top three players of the tournament – as chosen by the coaching staff – were recognized after the game: Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./Toronto, CWHL), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) and Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./Toronto, CWHL).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Jamie Lee Rattray

Assists: Laura Stacey
02:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Tanja Niskanen
Hooking (2:00)
05:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Riikka Sallinen
Slashing (2:00)
11:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Fortino
Slashing (2:00)
15:42
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ronja Savolainen

Assists: Jenni Hiirikoski, Noora Tulus
16:23
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianne Jenner
Tripping (2:00)
01:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Minnamari Tuominen
Body-Checking (2:00)
03:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Riikka Sallinen
Holding (2:00)
03:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Stacey
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
06:14
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Jenni Hiirikoski

Assists: Noora Tulus, Ronja Savolainen
06:50
GOAL
Goal: Loren Gabel

Assists: Brianne Jenner, Ann-Sophie Bettez
07:53
GOAL
Goal: Susanna Tapani

Assists: Nelli Laitinen, Michelle Karvinen
16:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Annina Rajahuhta
Holding (2:00)
18:33
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Emily Clark
High-Sticking (2:00)
04:38
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Ronja Savolainen

19:22
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Shannon Szabados

19:22

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Noora Raty FIN 60 45 43 2 0.956
Shannon Szabados CAN 58 19 16 3 0.842

Game Leaders

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

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.