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Lionesses in good shape

Lionesses in good shape

Finland wins last tournament before Sochi

Published 08.01.2014 19:53 GMT+4 | Author Martin Merk
Lionesses in good shape
Finnish forward Michelle Karvinen (left, against Germany’s Ronja Richter) was the tournament’s scoring leader. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Finnish women’s national team won the Six Nations Cup in Germany and hopes to replicate this success at the Olympic Games that starts in a month in Sochi.

The five European participants in Sochi 2014 as well as Austria travelled to Bavaria for a last test and Finland confirmed its position as the number-one women’s hockey nation in Europe.

The Finns won their group thanks to a 4-1 victory over host Germany and a 4-3 win against Russia. The game against a Russian team that looks well prepared for the Olympics on home ice was the toughest one. Russia outshot Finland 27-23 but never managed to earn a lead in the game.

In the first period Yekaterina Smolentseva and Yekaterina Lebedeva tied the game twice after Finnish goals from Susana Tapani and Minnamari Tuominen, but two unanswered goals from Linda Valimäki eight seconds before the first intermission and from Michelle Karvinen at 3:02 of the middle frame changed the Finns’ fortunes.

Smolentseva cut the lead five minutes later but despite heavy pressure Finland’s 4-3 lead remained for the rest of the game. Noora Räty had 24 saves in the Finnish net.

Sweden was the other undefeated team that advanced to the final after an easy 6-1 win over Austria and a 5-4 shootout victory against Switzerland. The Swedes rallied back from a 4-2 deficit early in the second period as Switzerland’s Sara Benz scored a pair of goals. Fanny Rask scored her second goal of the day to tie the game at four and Emma Eliasson was the only scorer in the shootout.

In the final, however, the Swedes didn’t have an answer to four Finnish goals from Nina Tikkinen, Riikka Välilä, Karvinen and Valimäki. The Finns outshot Sweden 39-20 and blanked their neighbours 4-0.

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Austria, ranked 12th in the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Ranking, was the surprise team as they defeated Switzerland 2-1 to reach the game for third place where they were stopped by Russia, which won 8-1. Switzerland won the fifth-place game against Germany 4-1.

From the five nations going to Sochi, two have already named their 21-player rosters. Finland competed at the tournament with its Olympic team while Switzerland made the last cuts following the tournament. Scroll down for the rosters that have already been announced.

The European teams will be joined in Sochi by Vancouver 2010 finalists Canada and the United States as well as Japan. The Japanese and Germany earned their spot in Sochi through qualification tournaments last season while the top-6 countries were automatically qualified.

Six Nations Cup in Germany

3 Jan. Ingolstadt (GER) Germany - Finland 1-4
3 Jan. Dornbirn (AUT) Austria - Sweden 1-6
4 Jan. Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) Germany - Russia 1-4
4 Jan. Füssen (GER) Switzerland - Sweden 4-5 SO
5 Jan. Füssen (GER) Austria - Switzerland 2-1
5 Jan. Füssen (GER) Russia - Finland 3-4
6 Jan. Füssen (GER) Germany - Switzerland 1-4
6 Jan. Füssen (GER) Russia - Austria 8-1
6 Jan. Füssen (GER) Sweden - Finland 0-4
           
Standings: 1. Finland, 2. Sweden, 3. Russia, 4. Austria, 5. Switzerland, 6. Germany.

Rosters already announced for the Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament

Canada

Goalkeepers:
Charline Labonté, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Geneviève Lacasse, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Shannon Szabados, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (ACAC)

Defencemen:
Laura Fortino, Cornell University (NCAA)
Jocelyne Larocque, Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
Meaghan Mikkelson, Calgary Inferno (CWHL)
Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell University (NCAA)
Catherine Ward, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Tara Watchorn, Calgary Inferno (CWHL)

Forwards:
Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Gillian Apps, Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
Mélodie Daoust, McGill University (CIS)
Rebecca Johnston, Toronto Furies (CWHL)
Jayna Hefford, Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
Haley Irwin, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Brianne Jenner, Cornell University (NCAA)
Caroline Ouellette, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University (NCAA)
Natalie Spooner, Toronto Furies (CWHL)
Jennifer Wakefield, Toronto Furies (CWHL)
Hayley Wickenheiser, University of Calgary (CIS)


Finland

Goalkeepers:
Noora Räty, Ilves Tampere (FIN)
Meeri Räisänen, JYP Jyväskylä (FIN)
Eveliina Suonpää, Oriflame Kuortane (FIN)

Defencemen:
Jenni Hiirikoski, JYP Jyväskylä (FIN)
Mira Jalosuo, SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Anna Kilponen, Oriflame Kuortane (FIN)
Rosa Lindstedt, JYP Jyväskylä (FIN)
Saija Tarkki, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Emma Terho, Espoo Blues (FIN)
Tea Villilä, University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA)

Forwards:
Venla Hovi, KalPa Kuopio (FIN)
Michelle Karvinen, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Emma Nuutinen, Espoo Blues (FIN)
Annina Rajahuhta, Espoo Blues (FIN)
Karoliina Rantamäki, SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Vilma Tanskanen, Oriflame Kuortane (FIN)
Susanna Tapani, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Nina Tikkinen, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Minnamari Tuominen, Espoo Blues (FIN)
Riikka Välilä, JYP Jyväskylä (FIN)
Linda Välimäki, Espoo Blues (FIN)


Switzerland

Goalkeepers:
Janine Alder, EHC Winterthur (SUI)
Sophie Anthamatten, EHC Saastal (SUI)
Florence Schelling, EHC Bülach (SUI)

Defencemen:
Livia Altmann, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Laura Benz, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Nicole Bullo, HC Lugano (SUI)
Sarah Forster, HC Ajoie (SUI)
Angela Frautschi, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Julia Marty, Linköpings HC (SWE)
Lara Stalder, University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA)
Sandra Thalmann, SC Reinach (SUI)

Forwards:
Sara Benz, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Romy Eggimann, HC Lugano (SUI)
Jessica Lutz, Ronin (USA)
Stefanie Marty, Linköpings HC (SWE)
Alina Müller, EHC Winterthur (SUI)
Katrin Nabholz, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Evelina Raselli, HC Lugano (SUI)
Phoebe Stänz, Yale University (USA)
Anja Stiefel, HC Lugano (SUI)
Nina Waidacher, College of St. Scholastica (NCAA)


USA

Goalkeepers:
Brianne McLaughlin, Burlington Barracudas (CWHL)
Molly Schaus, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jessie Vetter, Oregon Outlaws (GLHL)

Defencemen:
Kacey Bellamy, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Megan Bozek, University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Gigi Marvin, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Michelle Picard, Harvard University (NCAA)
Josephine Pucci, Harvard University (NCAA)
Anne Schleper, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lee Stecklein, University of Minnesota (NCAA)

Forwards:
Alex Carpenter, Boston College (NCAA)
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern University (NCAA)
Julie Chu, Montreal Stars (CWHL)
Brianna Decker, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Meghan Duggan, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Lyndsey Fry, Harvard University (NCAA)
Amanda Kessel, University of Minnesota (NCAA)
Hilary Knight, Boston Blades (CWHL)
Jocelyne Lamoureux, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Monique Lamoureux, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Kelli Stack, Boston Blades (CWHL)

 

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