Canadians will go for Four Nations gold
CANADA 3 FINLAND 0
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.
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.