Nations Cup Schedule/Results
MINNEAPOLIS – Five Golden Gopher representatives will play for their home countries at the 2017 Nations Cup this week. The annual tournament features Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Current Gophers Sarah Potomak and Lindsay Agnew join University of Minnesota alumna Sarah Davis in representing Canada’s National Women’s Development Team. Davis was named an assistant captain for Canada this week. Meanwhile, fellow Gopher alumnae Mira Jalosuo and Noora Raty were both selected to represent Finland this week.
The four-day international tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday in Füssen, Germany and Telfs, Austria. The Nations Cup has also been known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup, and Meco Cup.
Nations Cup Schedule:
Russia vs. Switzerland, 9 a.m. CT
Czech Republic vs. Canada, 9 a.m. CT
Finland vs. Austria, 12:30 p.m. CT
Sweden vs. Germany, 12:30 p.m. CT
Finland vs. Russia, 9 a.m. CT
Canada vs. Sweden, 9 a.m. CT
Austria vs. Switzerland, 12:30 p.m. CT
Germany vs. Czech Republic, 12:30 p.m. CT
Switzerland vs. Finland, 9 a.m. CT
Sweden vs. Czech Republic, 9 a.m. CT
Russia vs. Austria, 12:30 p.m. CT
Canada vs. Germany, 12:30 p.m. CT
Saturday - Medal Round
7th Place, 5 a.m. CT
Bronze, 5 a.m. CT
5th Place, 8:30 a.m. CT
Gold, 8:30 a.m. CT
Future Gophers Set for U-18 Worlds
In addition, five future Gophers will represent their home countries at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Alex Gulstene (Vancouver, British Columbia), Taylor Wente (Plymouth, Minn.), and Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) will represent the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team, and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Olivia Knowles (Campbell River, B.C.) have been selected to represent Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team at the tournament.
Gophers associate head coach Joel Johnson continues as head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team, now in his third-straight season leading the squad.
The 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship is set for Jan. 7-14 in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic. The U.S. is set to play Russia (Jan. 7), Sweden (Jan. 8) and Canada (Jan. 10) in the preliminary round. Along with its match-up with the U.S., Canada opens the tournament against Sweden (Jan. 7) and faces Russia (Jan. 8). The bronze-medal and gold-medal games are on Saturday, Jan. 14.
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