For only the second time in the history of international women’s hockey, Sweden has defeated Canada.
In the game for second place in Vierumaki, Finland Wednesday, Sweden defeated Canada 6-4.
The Canadians finished up the tournament with a record of 4-2, behind the 5-1 Swedes, and the perfect 6-0 record by the United States.
Canada lost the game despite outshooting Sweden 53-27. The game just showed once again what an exemplary goaltender Kim Martin really is. Martin made 47 saves in the Swedish victory.
From a Canadian hockey perspective, there is simply no reason to panic. The goal of the International Ice Hockey Federation for the tournament was to give the lesser nations in women’s hockey an opportunity to play against the very best. Meanwhile, Canada did not send a complete team to Finland as Hayley Wickenheiser, Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin, Cherie Piper and Sarah Vaillancourt were not on Team Canada.
The first time Sweden beat Canada was at the 2008 Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, New York, where Sweden defeated Canada 2-1 in overtime. Once the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia begins Canadian women’s hockey should be in better shape.