April 3, 2013
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Nine Gophers were in action with their respective national teams yesterday at the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont. Seven Gophers suited up for Team USA, while two players sported the Finnish National colors. The Americans lost to Canada by way of a shootout, and the Finnish duo claimed a win over Switzerland, 2-1.
Today at 2:30 p.m. CT, all nine Gophers will be on the ice at the same time as USA and Finland faceoff against one another. That game can be watched live via here.
Team USA Loses to Canada in a Shootout
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The U.S. Women’s National Team, which has seven current and former Gophers on their roster, lost a heartbreaker in the preliminary round of the Women’s World Championship, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision. Team USA’s loss came at the hands of rival Team Canada in front of crowd of 11,174.
The Americans snatched a 2-0 lead in the first period as North Dakota forward Monique Lamoureux and Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker each found the back of the net. Both of the goals received assists by Gophers.
Former Gopher Gigi Marvin assisted M. Lamoureux on the first USA goal, which came on a power-play opportunity just 4:05 into the game. Minnesota junior Amanda Kessel, who own the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, was then credited with the first assist on Decker’s goal as she diced through the Canadian defensemen before dishing off to the 2012 Patty Kaz Award winner.
Canada would storm back in the later part of the third period to even the score at 2-2, which enforced overtime. The two remained scoreless after a five-minute overtime, which extended the match to a shootout.
The Americans would fall in the shootout 2-1 but would still receive one point in the Group A standings.
Räty and Jalosuo Help Finns Defeat Switzerland, 2-1
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After allowing the Swiss to take an early 1-0 lead in the first period, the Finnish National Team notched a pair of goals in the second period to outlast Switzerland, 2-1.
Noora Raty received the start in goal for Finland and guided them to the victory. The senior goaltender make 16 saves while allowing the lone goal in the first period.
Fellow senior Mira Jalosuo was a catalyst on helping the Finns notch their first goal as the defenseman skated the puck around the back of the net and made a pass into the slot. After a couple deflected shots by the Swiss’s goaltender, Team Finland finally got the puck across the goal line, but Jalosuo was not credited with an assist. She tallied two shots on goal in the contest.