It was a historic night, but not one Canada would like to remember.
For the fist time, Finland has defeated Canada in IIHF play. Canada is now 0-2 after losing to the U.S. in their first preliminary game then falling to Finland 4-3 yesterday.
“Finland played us really hard, Noora Raty had an outstanding game in goal and they did an excellent job at clogging up the middle of the ice in front of her and we consequently had a tough job trying to find the back of the net. We talked to the team that we have a different path to take now and we have to focus on Russia so that we can come back – it’s just going to be different than what we are used to,” said head coach Laura Schuler.
Both the Finnish netminder Räty and head coach Pasi Mustonen said from the outset of the tournament that this team is one of the best the country has ever iced. After the game several of the Finnish players said it was honour to be part of history.
Rebecca Johnston tied things up 3-3 just 36 seconds into the third period, however it would be a shot Ronja Savolainen fired through traffic and found its way to the back of the net with just 1:41 remaining in the final frame that was the game-winner.
Marie-Philip Poulin and Blayre Turnbull scored the other goals for Canada. Emerance Maschmeyer got the start but was replaced in the second period for Genevieve Lacasse after allowing three goals on 11 shots.
The loss puts Canada at the bottom of Group A with no points, the U.S. is first with six and Finland and Russia are tied with three. Finland defeated Russia on opening night 2-1.
Canada’s sights are narrowed in on their next game this afternoon against Russia who were also shutout by the U.S. in earlier preliminary play (7-0).
Alexei Chistyakov, head coach of the Russian national team, said they lost control of the game at the end of each period.
“Too many of our forwards got caught up in the opposing zone, allowing the American and to score breakaway goals. The key moment is the quality of opponents. They skated better and were more mobile,” said Chistyakov, of the U.S. team.
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