MINNEAPOLIS – Five Golden Gopher representatives faced off in the gold-medal game at the 2017 Nations Cup this morning. University of Minnesota alumnae Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo earned gold with Finland behind a 1-0 win over Canada's National Women's Development Team. Current Gophers Lindsay Agnew and Sarah Potomak and Minnesota alum Sarah Davis took home silver with Canada.
Raty earned a 27-save shutout to lead Finland to gold. Finland held Canada scoreless on seven power-play opportunities while going one-for-five with the man advantage. Michelle Karvinen gave Finland the 1-0 lead on a power-play goal early in the second period, and the team held on for the one-goal win despite Canada's 27-18 lead in shots on goal.
In the preliminary rounds, Finland went 3-0-0 by winning 7-2 over Austria, 3-2 over Russia, and 3-2 over Switzerland. Raty played in three of four games in the tournament, making 15 saves on 17 shots against Austria and adding 37 saves on 39 shots against Russia. She then played back-up goalie in the team's win over Switzerland before returning to the ice in the gold-medal game. Meanwhile, Jalosuo saw action in all four games, recording two assists against Switzerland and tallying 10 shots on goal in the tournament.
Canada also went undefeated in preliminary round games to earn a place in the gold-medal game, winning 6-2 over the Czech Republic, 2-1 over Sweden, and 5-0 over Germany. All three Gophers playing for Canada's National Women's Development Team recorded points in the tournament as Potomak (3a) and Davis (1g) played in all four games while Agnew (2g) saw action in three games.
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