by PuckStopsHere on 09/05/09 at 01:22 PM ET
The women’s Canada Cup hockey tournament is underway. It is being played in Vancouver. Four teams are playing: Canada, Finland, Sweden and USA. The preliminary round is now over. Here are the results:
1. Canada 2 wins 1 loss 19 goals for 6 against. Canada easily beat Finland and Sweden with 10-2 and 7-0 scores respectively and then lost to the Americans in 4-2 game. Canada’s balanced attack featured strong performances from Rebecca Johnston, Haley Irwin, Hayley Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouellette. In goal they used Kim St Pierre and Shannon Szabados, who were not tested much until the USA game.
2. USA 2 wins 1 loss 13 goals for 6 against. USA managed to defeat Canada, but they had lost earlier to Finland. The US attack was led by Hillary Knight with five points and Caitlin Cahow and Natalie Darwitz who each added four. Molly Schaus took over the US nets after the Finland loss and has played very well.
3. Finland 1 win 2 losses 6 goals for 15 against. Finland’s success was their opening day 3-2 upset against USA. They have not won since. Their offence has been led by Saara Tuominen and Michelle Karvinen, each have 3 points. Noora Ratty has been their top goalie. She stole the game against USA, while being outshot 51-23.
4. Sweden 1 win 2 losses 3 goals for 15 against. Sweden only scored goals in their 3-1 win over Finland. USA and Canada shut them out. It was a strong performance from Sara Grahn that helped seal their win. No Swedish player managed more than one point.
The semi-finals will be played today with Canada meeting Sweden and USA getting a re-match with Finland. The finals are Sunday.
In woman’s hockey, Canada and USA have always been the top teams. The fact that Finland defeated USA shows that more teams are getting to the top level. Likely we will see Canada and USA in the final, but there has been some drama along the way.
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