4 Nations Recap: Finland wins, Canada comes back

Finland 1, Sweden 0

Swedish goaltender Sara Grahn kept her team in it until late in the game, but Finland finally broke through to snap a scoreless tie and take the win, 1-0.

The Finns pressured Sweden for most of the game, outshooting the Swedes 23-12 through the first two periods with nothing to show for it. Minnamari Tuominen finally gave Finland the 1-0 lead with 8:18 remaining in the game, and that was all they needed to seal the victory. Captain Jenni Hiirikoski and Susanna Tapani earned the assists on the goal.

Goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara was solid in net for Team Finland, making 12 saves in the shutout effort. Grahn finished with 29 saves on the day to help keep her team within one. The Finns were without top forward Michelle Karvinen in the contest.


Canada 3, United States 2

The Canadians rallied late in the third period on Wednesday night to earn a comeback win over Team USA and jump out to 2-0-0 in the tournament.

The U.S. scored early on in the first, thanks to a goal from Dani Cameranesi just 2:08 into the contest. The Canadians answered just over eight minutes later, however, when Bailey Bram found Rebecca Johnston driving to the net on the power play. Team USA regained the lead in the second period, off a power play goal from Shiann Darkangelo.

Trailing 2-1 with 4:57 left in the third, Jamie Lee Rattray drove a U.S. defender wide and fed Haley Irwin in front, whose spin-o-rama shot in the slot knotted things up at 2-2. Just 46 seconds later, Johnston tipped in a point shot from Courtney Birchard to put Canada on top, 3-2.

The Canadians hung on for the victory despite a late 6-on-4 power play opportunity for Team USA. Canadian goaltender Geneviève Lacasse made 30 saves in the victory, while Alex Rigsby stopped 18 shots between the pipes for the U.S. Birchard, Rattray, and Johnston all registered two points apiece to lead the offensive effort.

Up Next

All four teams will return to action on Friday to wrap up round-robin play. Sweden will take on the United States at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST in search of its first win of the tournament. Canada will face off against Finland at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST, as the Finns try for the upset and look to earn a trip to the finals for the second year in a row.

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