As the eternal rivalry between Canada and the United States opens a new chapter at Valtti Arena in Finland, the CWHL was proudly represented on the rosters of both squads. A November 7 match saw CWHL goaltenders Molly Schaus (USA) and Charline Labonte (Canada) stand between the pipes in a 3-1 victory for Canada.
The first goal of the contest was scored by Boston Blades rookie Hilary Knight at the 5:23 mark of the second stanza to give the United States a 1-0 lead. Despite the early lead, Canada would score two goals in a 35 second span and never look back.
Marie-Philip Poulin (who played with the Montreal Stars in the CWHL?۪s inaugural season of 2007-08) earned the first score at the 16:45 mark in the second. Jayna Hefford, the all-time leading scorer in Brampton history earned the assist. Gillian Apps, a long-time member of the Brampton hockey club buried the puck past Schaus at the 17:20 mark to give Canada the lead. Hayley Wickenheiser assisted on the tally.
Apps?۪ marker would stand as the game winner. The third and final Canadian goal was logged by the incomparable Hayley Wickenheiser at the 16:38 mark of the final period. Apps and 2012 CWHL Draft pick Natalie Spooner earned the assists. Heading into the 2012 4 Nations, Apps had 139 career appearances with the National Team, with 91 points.
Having won 12 gold medals in the history of the event, Canada?۪s all-time mark versus the United States at the 4 Nations Cup improves to a sparkling 26-7-1 A remarkable 26 shots by Canada in the second period gave Canada a 41-24 advantage that would increase to 54-34 by the end of the contest.