4 MANITOBANS COME HOME WITH 4 NATIONS CUP SILVER
JÄRVENPÄÄ, Finland – Canada’s National Women’s Team finished with its seventh silver medal at the 4 Nations Cup after a 5-3 loss to the United States in the gold-medal game Saturday night.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) opened the scoring for Canada just under four minutes into the first period and added another late in the third. Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) briefly brought Canada even six minutes into the final frame, but the Americans added three goals in five minutes to provide the difference. Between the pipes, Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) turned away 21 of 26 shots on goal.
“I think we learned a lot as a group this week; we had a lot of new girls come in but as a group we played well. What we really need to learn coming away from this is playing a full 60-minute game and being consistent,” said alternate captain Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Brampton, CWHL). “We need to really buy into the systems and trust in those, especially playing against the United States, because every shift counts and we need to bring that work ethic and commitment every single time.”
Canada finished the tournament with a 3-1 record after defeating Finland, Sweden and the United States in the preliminary round.
“Our team, especially yesterday, was able to show that they could play as a unit with a lot of poise and a lot of structure and I think that is really going to be beneficial as we move forward to help us be successful,” said head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./Dartmouth College, ECAC). “Obviously today we weren’t able to maintain that for 60 minutes and that will be our goal going forward against the U.S.”
Since the debut of the 4 Nations Cup in 1996, Canada’s National Women’s Team has won the gold medal a total of 14 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and earned silver on seven occasions (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).
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