Team USA Loses First Championship to Canada Since 2007
TIKKURILA, Finland – The U.S. Women's National Team dropped a 5-1 decision to Canada here tonight in the championship game of the 2009 Women's Four Nations Cup at Valtti Arena. Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) was the lone goal-scorer for Team USA, which finished second in the tournament with a 3-0-0-1 record.
After Team USA took an early 1-0 lead, the Canadians tallied five unanswered goals, including three on the power play, to take their first championship since the 2007 Women's Four Nations Cup. The Americans' tournament-winning streak came to an end at four (2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup, 2009 IIHF World Women's Championship, 2009 Hockey Canada Cup).
"The result is disappointing," said Mark Johnson, head coach for Team USA. "We weren't able to play with the same energy that we had last night. We got ourselves into trouble with the number of penalties we took and the Canadians were able to capitalize on their opportunities. However, we can learn from every game and take things away to help us improve as a team."
Although the Americans significantly increased their shot count with 11 in the second period, it was the Canadians who were able to convert on a power-play opportunity, as Tessa Bonhomme buried Meaghan Mikkelson's rebound at 14:28 for a 3-1 score.
The U.S. got into penalty trouble in the last stanza and Canada was able to capitalize on the power play twice, first on a 5-on-3 at 5:08, then just after another two-man advantage had turned into a single power play at 12:38.
Schaus made 24 saves in her first start in a championship game, while Shannon Szabados stopped 21 in net for Canada.
Team USA will return to Qwest Tour action on Nov. 22 in Durham, N.H., against the Hockey East All-Stars. For tickets and more information, visit QwestTour.com.
NOTES: Monique Lamoureux was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Team USA was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Canada was 3-for-10 ... Hilary Knight finished as Team USA's top scorer of the tournament with five points (2-3) in four games ... Click here for the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team roster ... Coverage of the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team and the Qwest Tour, including ticket information, can be found on USAHockey.com and QwestTour.com, as well as on the U.S. Women's National Team's Facebook page and on the Qwest Tour Twitter page ... Mark Johnson, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, is leading Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Dave Flint, head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, are serving as assistant coaches.
Scoring By Period
Second Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Bonhomme (Piper, Mikkelson), 14:28 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Vaillancourt (boarding), 7:50; CAN, MacLeod (slashing), 9:39; USA, Zaugg-Siergiej (holding), 13:10; USA, Darwitz (hooking), 15:27.
Third Period - Scoring: 5, CAN, Piper (Irwin, Mikkelson), 5:08 (5x3pp); 6, CAN, Hefford (Wickehheiser, Ouellette), 12:38 (pp). Penalties: USA, M. Lamoureux (slashing), 3:41; USA, Darwitz (high-sticking), 4:01; USA, J. Lamoureux (hooking), 10:31; USA, Ruggiero (holding), 11:06; USA, Darwitz (tripping), 17:05; USA, Stack (tripping), 17:40; CAN, Mikkelson (hooking), 17:51; USA, Cahow (boarding), 19:10.
2009 Women's Four Nations Cup Schedule & Results
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