Hefford Continues to Make Canadian Hockey History

Kerava Arena was witness to history as Jayna Hefford continues to build on a Hockey Hall of Fame career. The all-time leading scorer in the history of the Brampton Thunder scored the 150 goal of her career for Team Canada. Assisted by Tessa Bonhomme, the Toronto Furies franchise player and Hockey News cover girl; Hefford?۪s goal opened the scoring for Canada, while standing as the game winning tally.

The 6-0 victory contested on November 6 was the second game for Canada at the 2012 4 Nations Cup. In addition, many CWHL draft picks that donned the Maple Leaf on their sweaters contributed to the score sheet. Meghan Agosta-Maricano, the first pick overall of the 2011 CWHL Draft, along with 2012 CWHL Draft Picks Rebecca Johnston and Jennifer Wakefield scored for Canada.

Wakefield?۪s marker was scored on Finnish backstop Isabella Portnoj with 42 seconds left in the opening period to give Canada the 2-0 lead. Team Alberta?۪s Jocelyne Larocque assisted on the goal. The 6:46 mark of the second stanza saw three CWHL players contribute on the third goal. Brampton?۪s defensive stalwart Courtney Birchard and Bonhomme assisted on Johnston?۪s goal. The only other Canada goal of the second was an unassisted marker by Hayley Wickenheiser, whose club team is the Calgary Dinos of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Heading into the final frame, Agosta scored at the 6:01 mark, with assists going to her teammate on the Montreal Stars, Haley Irwin (the fourth pick overall of the 2012 CWHL Draft) and Wakefield. A mere forty-three seconds later, Jayna Hefford scored again as Canada boasted a 6-0 lead. Former Stars player (and current Boston University Terriers superstar) Marie-Philip Poulin, and Caroline Ouellette (part of Montreal?۪s Big Three) assisted on the tally.

A total of twelve points were logged by current CWHL players as Canada bombarded Portnoj with an eye-opening 53 shots.