In the final day of competition at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., Canada left with the gold medal a spotless record, downing Finland, 6-3, in the championship. Finland's upset over the U.S. the day before, left the Americans settling for bronze, defeating Sweden, 8-1.
Playing in just its second-ever gold medal game at the Four Nations Cup, Team Finland was looking to build off of the upset over the U.S. However, Canada came out and scored an early goal, within the first three minutes of the game to take the lead. Finland responded at 6:19 mark, but Canada answered back just over a minute later to take back the lead. Two more Canadian goals by the end of the period put Finland in a three-goal deficit to start the second.
Finland clamped down on defense in the second, not allowing Canada to score, while recording a power-play goal to bring the score to 4-2 before the start of the third. Unfortunately, Canada scored a quick power-play goal within the first minute of the period to take back its three-goal lead.
Susanna Tapani then scored on the power play for Finland, with Michelle Karvinen assisting on the goal, to bring Finland back within two. In the closing seconds of the game, Canada added an empty net goal to secure the 6-3 win.
In the bronze medal game, the U.S. came out firing, making sure to leave Lake Placid with a medal. The U.S. completely dominated the contest, outshooting the Swedes 59-6. Jocelyne Lamoureux notched two goals in the contest to help Team USA secure the bronze with an 8-1 victory. Additionally, Monique Lamoureux assisted on the opening goal of the game.
(Friday, 10:34 p.m.): The big story out of Lake Placid on Friday was a 3-1 upset that Finland posted over the U.S., to claim the final spot in Saturday’s gold medal game against Canada. In the earlier contest of the day, Canada avoided its own upset, downing Sweden 4-3.
Behind a 58-save effort from goaltender Noora Räty, Finland advances to its second-ever gold medal game at the Four Nations Cup. The first time Finland played for gold was in 2001, when only three teams participated in the tournament as the U.S. did not send a team that year.
Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani played a significant role in the upset. Tapani scored the game-winning goal, while also assisting on Finland’s third goal. Karvinen assisted on Tapani’s game-winner, which was scored 4:08 into the second period to give Finland a 2-0 lead. The. U.S. responded with a goal before the end of the period, but Finland would be the lone goal scorerd in the third period. The points by Karvinen and Tapani were their first of the tournament.
UND defenseman Johanna Fallman recorded her first point of the tournament too, tallying an assist in Sweden’s narrow loss to Canada. The Swedes scored first and eventually took a 3-1 lead in the second period, but Canada fought back to keep its undefeated record intact, winning 4-3.
Saturday’s bronze medal game between Sweden and the U.S. will be played at 2:30 p.m. (CT), while the gold medal game between Canada and Finland will start at 6 p.m. (CT).
(Thursday, 10:08 a.m.): Team Canada remains the only undefeated team after the first two days of play at the 2013 Four Nations Cup, having beat Team USA 4-2 yesterday. Finland bounced back from its 3-1 defeat to Canada on Monday and downed Sweden, 2-0, yesterday.
Thursday provides a day off for the athletes with the final day of round-robin play commencing on Friday and the medal round on Saturday.
Canada's win over the U.S. clinches a spot in Saturday's gold medal game, while Sweden, having gone winless in the first two games, has its spot in the bronze medal game solidified. Friday's game between the U.S. and Finland will determine who advances on to play Canada for the gold medal.
Looking back at Wednesday's contests, Sweden played in a much closer game with Finland, than compared to its 10-0 shellacking to Team USA on Tuesday. However, Finland proved to be too strong for Sweden and the Finns used a team effort for a 2-0 shutout. Susanna Tapni led Finland with four shots on goal, but was unable to net a goal. Michelle Karvinen was held without a single shot in the game, but did pick up a two-minute minor for roughing in the third period. Back on defense for Sweden, Fallman played a solid game, but once again was kept off the stat sheet.
For the third time since the start of the Bring on the World Tour in early October, the U.S. and Canada faced-off. And for the third time again, Canada came out the victor, this time by a score of 4-2. The two sides traded goals, but with the game tied at 2-2, Canada scored the go-ahead goal with less than four minutes remaining. Canada then added an empty net goal to secure the win. Jocelyne Lamoureux picked up her second assists of the tournament, helping on Lyndsey Fry's goal in the third period. Jocelyne finished with three shots on goal, while Monique Lamoureux finished with one shot.
(Wednesday, 11:35 a.m.): The U.S. and Canada posted wins on the opening day of competition in Lake Placid, N.Y. The second day features the rivalry match between the U.S. and Canada at 6 p.m., while Finland and Sweden play each other at 2:30 p.m.
Canada started off the tournament with a dominant period of play against Finland to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Team Finland bounced back in the second period, but was unable to get on the board until the 13:43 mark of the third period, after which Canada had taken a 3-0 lead.
Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani recorded one shot on goal each, while Karvinen was also assessed two penalties in the contest.
In the second game of the day, USA powered through Sweden by a score of 10-0. The U.S. outshot Sweden by a total of 58-8.
Jocelyne Lamoureux tallied one assist and scored the game's sixth goal in the final minute of the second period. Monique Lamoureux recorded two assists in the game, including helping on Jocelyne's goal.
Johanna Fallman skated for Sweden on defense, but did not record any shots on goal in the game.
(Tuesday, 11 a.m.): The 2013 Four Nations Cup begins today in Lake Placid, N.Y. There are a total of five players participating in the tournament that have played or are currently playing for the University of North Dakota women's hokcey team.
Former UND players, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux are playing with Team USA. Current forwards Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani are playing for Team Finland, and current defenseman Johanna Fallman is skating for Team Sweden.
The first game of the tournament, between Finland and Canada, begins at 2:30 p.m. (CT). Swedend and the U.S. then play each eathother at 6 p.m. (CT).
All games can be watched online at FastHockey.com for a fee.
Keep checking back here for updates on how the UND players in Lake Placid are faring.
|Jocelyne Lamoureux - Team USA|
|J. Lamoureux - 2013 Four Nations Cup Statistics|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 5)||1||1||2||2||.500||0-0|
|vs Canada (Nov. 6)||0||1||1||3||.000||0-0|
|vs Finland (Nov. 8)||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 9)||2||0||2||2||1.00||0-0|
|Monique Lamoureux - Team USA|
|M. Lamoureux - 2013 Four Nations Cup Statistics|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 5)||0||2||2||5||.000||0-0|
|vs Canada (Nov. 6)||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0|
|vs Finland (Nov. 8)||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 9)||0||1||1||1||.000||0-0|
|Michelle Karvinen - Team Finland|
|Karvinen - 2013 Four Nations Cup Statistics|
|vs Canada (Nov. 5)||0||0||0||1||.000||2-4|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 6)||0||0||0||0||---||1-2|
|vs USA (Nov. 8)||0||1||1||0||---||1-2|
|vs Canada (Nov. 9)||0||1||1||0||.000||2-4|
|Susanna Tapani - Team Finland|
|Tapani - 2013 Four Nations Cup Statistics|
|vs Canada (Nov. 5)||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0|
|vs Sweden (Nov. 6)||0||0||0||4||.000||0-0|
|vs USA (Nov. 8)||1||1||2||1||1.00||0-0|
|vs Canada (Nov. 9)||1||0||1||1||1.00||0-0|
|Johanna Fallman - Team Sweden|
|Fallman - 2013 Four Nations Cup Statistics|
|vs USA (Nov. 5)||0||0||0||0||---||0-0|
|vs Finland (Nov. 6)||0||0||0||0||---||0-0|
|vs Canada (Nov. 8)||0||1||1||1||.000||0-0|
|vs USA (Nov. 9)||0||0||0||0||---||1-2|