Maschmeyer solid as Canada ad­vances to play U.S. again

Medicine Hat News - - 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 30 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 pre­lim­i­nary­round 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 Sat­ur­day 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.

Han­nah Brandt had a goal and an as­sist and Melissa Samoske­vich scored a short­handed goal for the U.S. in a 5-1 vic­tory over the Swedes ear­lier Fri­day.

Daoust and Re­becca John­ston scored in the first 4:55 and Laura Stacey had an empty-net goal for Canada.

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