Cana­di­ans will go for Four Na­tions gold

CANADA 3 FIN­LAND 0

Times Colonist - - Sports - DONNA SPENCER

SASKA­TOON — Cana­dian goal­tender Emer­ance Maschmeyer ex­or­cised a painful mem­ory in help­ing her coun­try ad­vance to the fi­nal of the Four Na­tions Cup women’s hockey tour­na­ment.

The 24-year-old from Bruder­heim, Alta., posted a 14-save shutout in Canada’s 3-0 win over Fin­land on Fri­day.

It was Maschmeyer’s first in­ter­na­tional start since giv­ing up three goals on 11 shots and get­ting pulled in the sec­ond pe­riod of a pre­lim­i­nary-round game against Fin­land at the 2017 world cham­pi­onship.

Fin­land beat Canada for the first time in in­ter­na­tional women’s hockey that day in a 4-3 de­ci­sion.

“For me per­son­ally, the last time I played them it was not the out­come I wanted and so for me it was a lit­tle bit of re­demp­tion to­day,” Maschmeyer said Fri­day.

“It kind of closes that door and it’s kind of on­ward and up­ward now.”

Canada (2-1) wants to wrest one women’s hockey ti­tle away from the United States (3-0) when the two coun­tries clash for the gold medal to­day at the SaskTel Cen­tre. Fin­land (1-2) meets Swe­den (0-3) for bronze.

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

“We want it re­ally bad,” Cana­dian for­ward Melodie Daoust said. “We’re go­ing to see Canada fierce and ready to play them. We know we can beat them, so it’s just a mat­ter of time and stick­ing with the plan.”

Daoust scored 25 sec­onds af­ter the open­ing face­off and Re­becca John­ston again at 4:55 on vet­eran goal­tender Noora Raty on Fri­day.

But Raty held the hosts at bay af­ter that with 45 saves over­all in the game. Laura Stacey scored an empty-net goal for Canada.

LIAM RICHARDS, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Team Canada de­fence­man and Saanich­ton na­tive Micah Zandee-Hart blocks a shot in front of goal­tender Emer­ance Maschmeyer dur­ing Four Na­tions Cup ac­tion against Fin­land in Saska­toon on Fri­day.

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