Canada vs. USA for Four Na­tions Cup ti­tle

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS -

SASKA­TOON — Canada wants to wrest one women’s hockey ti­tle away from the United States when the two coun­tries meet in the fi­nal of the Four Na­tions Cup tour­na­ment to­day.

Canada ad­vanced to the gold-medal game with a 3-0 win over Fin­land on Fri­day.

The Amer­i­cans have won three straight Four Na­tions ti­tles. They’re also the reign­ing Olympic and world cham­pi­ons.

Re­becca John­ston and Melodie Daoust scored for Canada (2-1), with Laura Stacey adding an empty-net goal against Fin­land.

Emer­ance Maschmeyer re­pelled 14 shots for a shutout in her first start of the event. The U.S. (3-0) downed Swe­den 5-1 ear­lier. The Amer­i­cans edged Canada 2-1 in a pre­lim­i­nary-round game.

Canada’s Daoust and John­ston scored on Noora Raty in the open­ing five min­utes, but the vet­eran Finn net­min­der was a work­horse with 45 saves in the loss.

The Finns had just 16 skaters on Fri­day, which was one more than they had in a 3-2 win over the Swedes on Wed­nes­day.

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