Canada Advances To Gold Medal Game 

The Canadian women's hockey team faced some adversity and came through with fly colors in the gold-medal advancement game vs. Finland. The Finns held a slim 3-2  entering the third period, but Canada came from behind to score five unanswered goals to win 7-2.

Despite the surprising Finn's two period lead, there was never much concern among the Canadian players.

"You guys (the media) would probably really laugh if you'd been in the dressing room," Therese Brisson said of the casual intermission atmosphere. "We were totally not worried at all.

"We talked about sealing things off on defence and not giving them any uneven rushes. Finland is a good team and when you make a mistake they'll capitalize on it so we wanted to eliminate our errors, and it was just a matter of time before the puck starting going in."

Brisson and Hayley Wickenheiser scored two goals each for Canada, while Jayna Hefford, Vicky Sunohara and Cassie Campbell added singles.  Breakaway goals by Wickenheiser and Hefford six seconds apart early in the third sparked Canada's scoring explosion.

Tiia Reima scored twice and Katja Riipi once for Finland.


Canada outshot Finland 54-18 in the game.

 "I think it's great we had such a tough game," said Campbell. "We've had some easy ones and we know that if we played the U.S. in the final it's going to be tough."


Game Summary

 
Box Score Canada

2

0

5

7

  Finland

1

2

0

3

First Period

Goals :
CAN BRISSON, Therese   5:58 / PP1
CAN WICKENHEISER, Hayley (CHARTRAND, Isabelle) 8:10 / SH1
FIN REIMA, Tiia (FISK, Sari / RIIPI, Katja) 19:35

Penalties:
FIN SALO, Paivi 2 min. BD-CK 4:02
CAN SUNOHARA, Vicky 2 min. HOOK 7:38
CAN KELLAR, Becky 2 min. ROUGH 10:39
CAN SOSTORICS, Colleen 2 min. ROUGH 16:21
FIN LAAKSONEN, Emma 2 min. ROUGH 16:21
CAN HEFFORD, Jayna 2 min. INTRF 20:00

Second Period

Goals :
FIN REIMA, Tiia (FISK, Sari / HANNINEN, Kirsi) 22:56
FIN RIIPI, Katja (REIMA, Tiia / FISK, Sari) 23:51

Penalties :
CAN SUNOHARA, Vicky 2 min. CROSS 24:30
FIN VAARAKALLIO, Petra 2 min. BD-CK 28:33
FIN SIRVIO, Saija 2 min. INTRF 30:15
FIN SIRVIO, Saija 2 min. TRIP 33:21
FIN SALO, Paivi 2 min. ROUGH 38:15

Third Period

Goals :
CAN WICKENHEISER, Hayley (GOYETTE, Danielle / ST-PIERRE, Kim) 43:19
CAN HEFFORD, Jayna (SUNOHARA, Vicky)   43:25
CAN SUNOHARA, Vicky (GOYETTE, Danielle)  57:26
CAN CAMPBELL, Cassie     58:32
CAN BRISSON, Therese (BOTTERILL, Jennifer) 59:03 PP1

Penalties :
FIN PALVILA, Marja-Helena 2 min. TRIP 58:46
Goaltenders Canada -ST-PIERRE, Kim
  Finland -PUPUTTI, Tuula

   

First

Second

Third

Final

Shots on Goal by Canada

18

22

14

54

  Finland

7

6

5

18


Officials Referee

-LIVINGSTON, Stacey

  Linesmen

-MACKENZIE, Megan
-PIACENTINI, Julie


Attendance -7,259