SASKATOON, Sask. – Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) scored in the first five minutes, helping Canada shut out Finland 3-0 on Friday night and earn a spot in the gold medal game at the 2018 4 Nations Cup.
Canada will renew its rivalry with the United States in the final on Saturday (8 p.m. CT, TSN).
Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Montreal, CWHL) celebrated her first start of the tournament in the Canadian goal with a 14-save shutout.
The Canadians got the home crowd at SaskTel Place into the game early; Daoust rocketed a pass from Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) past Finnish goaltender Noora Räty just 25 seconds after the puck dropped, and Johnston finished a two-on-one with Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) for the 2-0 goal at 4:55.
Despite chances at both ends, Maschmeyer and Räty held down the fort for most of the final 55 minutes. Räty was by far the busier of the two – the Canadians finished with a one-sided 48-14 advantage in shots on goal.
With Räty on the bench, Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Markham, CWHL) hit the empty net with 35 seconds left to seal the deal for Canada.
“We want it [to win] so we’re going to see tomorrow, we’re going to see Canada [play] fierce, and be ready to play. I think we know we can beat them, it’s just a matter of time and just sticking with the plan.”
– Mélodie Daoust on playing the United States for gold
“I think for all of us, we want to beat Finland. We’ve had a couple of tough games in the past, for me personally, and the last time played them it was not the outcome I wanted. For me it was a little bit of redemption today and I was excited when I got the call.”
– Emerance Maschmeyer, on her shutout performance against Finland
“You know, we finished the game strong against the Americans and we wanted to bounce back and start strong. We wanted to have a good first five minutes, getting in that early goal [I think] made a big difference and I think that led to us to controlling most of the game from there.”
– Perry Pearn on his team’s play in tonight’s matchup with Finland
The Finns will play for bronze on Saturday afternoon, facing off against Sweden (3 p.m. CT).