Ottawa, ON – Team USA and Finland met at Scotiabank Place this afternoon for the rights to advance to the gold medal game at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.
The game got off to slow start but the second period saw a flood of penalties including 4 straight for Finland (5 including the first period) resulting in sarcastic cheer from the pro-Finland crowd when referee Joy Tottman called a penalty on team USA. Finland successfully killed all Team USA’s power-plays including 2 five on three opportunities and Finland even came close to scoring first during a four on four opportunity when Michelle Karvinen got the puck passed Team USA’s goalie, Jessica Vetter which required video review to confirm “no goal”.
Team USA final got the scoring rolling 13:55 minutes into the third period on a goal by Hilary Knight (Gigi Marvin, Amanda Kessel) starting the run of 3 goals in under 6 minutes to end the game, including a power-play goal by Monique Lamoureux (Jocelyne Lamoureux, Alex Carpenter) 25:32 and an empty net goal added by Brianna Decker (Meghan Duggan) 19:43.
Team USA’s goalie, Jessica Vetter only had to face 11 shots in the victory while Finland’s Noora Raty had 43 shots fired at her in the 3-0 loss. Team USA advances to the gold medal game to face the winner of the Canada Russia game.
Finland will play in the bronze medal game tomorrow verses the loser of the Canada Russia game. Michelle Karvinen noted, “We have one more game left, so we’re going to give everything we have to get a medal.”