Finland beats Canada 4-3 at women's hockey worlds
Canada's Natalie Spooner looks up at the scoreboard after Finland scored a second period goal to pull ahead 3-2 during the IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship preliminary round game in Plymouth, Mich., on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Kryk)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:55AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:02PM EDT
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Finland beat Canada in women's hockey for the first time with a 4-3 win Saturday at the world hockey championship.
The closest Finland had come previously was a 6-6 tie in an exhibition game in 1999.
Ronja Savolainen scored the winner at 18:19 with a shot that squeaked under the pad of Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse.
Canada (0-2) concludes the preliminary round in Pool A on Monday against Russia (1-1). Finland (1-1) takes on defending champion U.S. (2-0).
The Canadians will have a longer route to get to the gold-medal game as they'll play in a quarter-final Tuesday instead of getting a bye to the semifinals.
The Finns have been spoiling for an upset of Canada in recent years. They now engage the Canadians in all three zones instead of putting all their efforts into defence and hoping for a lucky goal.
A costly turnover by Canada in the first period and a couple of soft goals by starter Emerance Maschmeyer opened the door for the Finns, who led 3-2 heading into the third.
Susanna Tapani, Petra Nieminen and Sanni Hakala also scored for Finland. Veteran goaltender Noora Raty stopped 35 shots for the win.
Marie-Philip Poulin, Blayre Turnbull and Rebecca Johnston replied for Canada.
Lacasse replaced Maschmeyer after Finland's third goal at 6:49 of the second period. Maschmeyer allowed those three goals on 15 shots, while Lacasse turned away 10 of 11 in relief.
Johnston pulled Canada even 36 seconds into the third when she skated the puck down the right wing and scored five-hole on Raty.
The Canadians had a man advantage to end the game with Jenni Hiirikoski serving a slashing penalty, but couldn't produce another equalizer.
Tapani's off-speed shot fooled Maschmeyer at 6:49 of the second as it dribbled by the Canadian goaltender's pad.
Turnbull dropped to one knee and blasted the puck high over Raty off a dish from Lauriane Rougeau at 4:21 to pull Canada even at 2-2.
Nieminen skated out from the boards and rifled a sharp-angled shot by Maschmeyer's shoulder for a power-play goal at 1:01.
The Finns struck first on a turnover in Canada's zone. Hakala deflected Tapani's shot from the point upstairs on Maschmeyer at 18:42.
Canada pulled even 17 seconds later when Poulin buried a rebound on an Erin Ambrose shot from inside the blue line.
Finland fell 2-1 to Russia to open the tournament Friday and gave up the winning goal in the final minute of regulation.
The U.S. blanked Russia 7-0 for their second shutout in as many days to open the tournament.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne each scored twice and Amanda Kessel also scored for the defending champions.
Madeline Rooney stopped all 14 shots she faced, while Maria Sorokina turned away 27 shots for Russia (1-1).
Promoted Germany won its second straight game Saturday, topping the Czech Republic 2-1 in Pool B. Sweden edged Switzerland 2-1 in regulation putting both teams at 1-1.