Friday, September 4, 2009

Hockey Canada Cup G5/G6: SWE 3 - FIN 1, USA 4 - CAN 2

Yesterday wrapped-up the preliminary round of the Hockey Canada Cup, with Sweden defeating Finland 3-1 and the US defeating Canada 4-2. Hilary Knight had 1 goal and 2 assists, Kerry Weiland had 1 goal, Molly Engstrom had 1 assist, and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej had 1 assist. Jessie Vetter did not play.

SWE 3 - FIN 1
hockeycanada: recap

USA 4- CAN 2
usahockey: game notes, recap, photos
hockeycanada: recap
Canadian Press: Canadian women put loss to US at Hockey Canada Cup in perspective
The Globe and Mail: United States beats Canadian women
ADN: Weiland helper aids US women
"I really liked the way we competed from start to finish. We played with a sense of urgency and scored some great goals in the third period. A lot of good things came out of that game and we look forward to continuing on Saturday." -- Mark Johnson

"I thought it was a very entertaining game. It looked like it would be a goaltending dual for those first 40 minutes." -- Mark Johnson

"Whoever plays, we know we can beat Canada. It's going to be a battle all year long." -- Molly Schaus, regarding the US's situation in net.

Here are the records from the preliminary round:
USA 2-1-0
CAN 2-1-0
SWE 1-2-0
FIN 1-2-0

The US will now get another shot at Finland, to whom they lost 3-2 in G1, in the early semifinal on Saturday. Here's the remaining schedule:

Sat 9/5
G7 - Semifinal 1 - 5 PM CT - USA v. FIN
G8 - Semifinal 2 - 9:30 PM CT - CAN v. SWE

Sun 9/6
G 9 - Bronze - 5 PM CT - L7 v. L8
G10 - Gold - 9:30 PM CT - W7 - W8

Here are a few other links from the Hockey Canada Cup that I haven't posted yet:

usahockey: Molly Engstrom's photo album
hockeycanada: Canada and US women in Olympic state of mind at Hockey Canada Cup
Canwest: Finland upsets US in women's hockey
AP: Finland upsets US women's hockey team in Canada Cup
dailycardinal: Two Badgers selected for Team USA, could be headed to Olympics

Hilary Knight gets a nice mention in this IIHF article: Changing of the guard? Youngsters aplenty for women's national teams
“I've had Hilary since she was a freshman down at Wisconsin, and in the last 15 or 18 months she's really grown as a player. People have seen that who've been around our program and the international game. She scored a nice goal, and she plays well with Jenny [Potter] out there.” -- Mark Johnson

"I thought it was a very entertaining game. It looked like it would be a goaltending dual for those first 40 minutes." -- Mark Johnson

Whoever plays, we know we can beat Canada. It's going to be a battle all year long. -- Molly Schaus, regarding the US's situation in net.