MINNEAPOLIS – Senior goaltender Amanda Leveille and Gopher alumni Kelly Terry and Mira Jalosuo suited up for their home countries as part of the Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany, this week. All three Gophers took home medals as Leveille and Terry won gold with Canada, and Jalosuo helped Finland to silver.
Preliminary Round: Canada 2, Sweden 1 (OT/shootout)
Leveille, Terry and Canada's National Women's Development team won the opening game of the tournament against Sweden in a shootout by a score of 2-1. Leveille was able to post a 0.92 goals against average and stopped all three Swedish shooters in the shootout.
Preliminary Round: Finland 5, Germany 1
Jalosuo and Finland opened up their tournament play with a 5-1 victory over Germany.
Preliminary Round: Canada 4, Russia 2
In its second game, Canada topped Russia by a score of 4-2. Terry had an assist on Katelyn Gosling’s second-period goal that gave Canada the 3-1 lead. Leveille backed up Elaine Chuli.
Preliminary Round: Finland 5, Switzerland 0
Finland remained undefeated and punched its ticket to the Nations Cup gold medal game with a 5-0 win over Switzerland in its second game of the tournament.
In the remaining preliminary round games, Russia beat Sweden, 2-1, and Germany defeated Switzerland, 5-2.
Gold Medal Game: Canada 4, Finland 3 (OT)
Amanda Leveille made 22 saves on 25 shots faced as Canada’s National Women’s Development Team earned a 4-3 overtime win over Finland in the Nations Cup gold medal game. The win marks the 11th time Canada has won gold at the tournament since first taking part in 2003.
After a scoreless first period, Canada took a 2-0 lead before the teams exchanged goals and headed into the second intermission with Canada leading 3-2. Jalosuo scored at 19:59 of the middle frame to bring Finland within one, and the Finns tied the game at 3-3 with under four minutes remaining in the game. Canada's Jamie Lee Rattray scored the overtime game-winner to secure gold.
In the bronze medal game, Russia beat Germany, 2-1, and the fifth-place game saw Sweden prevail over Switzerland by a score of 4-1.
About the Nations Cup
The Nations Cup, formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup and Meco Cup, brought together Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a four-day international tournament.
Canada is now an 11-time gold-medallist at the tournament, winning gold in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
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