Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Women's hockey Preliminary Rounds
Group A: Canada vs. Finland @ Shayba Arena
With a shutout win over the Swiss women's hockey team, the women's US hockey team sent a little reminder to their Canadian counterparts that they were looking for the gold this year. A 9-0 win can do that, but Canada will not be intimidated nor would they underestimate their rivals. But first thing was first, they had to play the ladies of Finland.
The Finnish ladies are no doubt a team to be reckoned with. They may not be the best, but they are good. Noora Raty, the Finnish goaltender, faced forty-two shots this game! Not only were they just forty-two shots; they were great chances! I have to give it to Raty - she is a solid goalie. Shannon Szabados had a walk in the park with just fourteen shots. For the first 40 minutes, the two were evenly matched. Yes, Canada was dominant in the offensive position, but the Finnish defence responded with such moxy and aggression.
Canada responded Finland with their own aggression and physicality. No pushes Canada around! Sure enough, after a aggressive second period, Canada scored the game's first goal nearly halfway into the final period. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (better known as just Meghan Agosta) scored on the power-play to give Canada the lead.
We aren't a team to sit on a one-goal lead. There is no comfort in just being a goal ahead. So what else was supposed to happen, but Jayna Hefford scored Canada's second goal a little under 3 minutes after Agosta's goal.
Now a little relaxed with a little bit of breathing room, Canada safely could say they secured the game with a goal from Rebecca Johnston with less than 4 minutes left in the game.
So, Canada responds to America with their own shutout win. What are we going to say? Get ready America. We're coming!
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