Four Nations Cup Women's Hockey
Canada 6 Sweden 1
United States 5 Finland 1
Shea Tiley of Shallow Lake is one of 3 netminders on the Canadian roster.
The United States will face Canada tonight
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Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) had two goals and an assist, Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) chipped in with four helpers and Canada’s National Women’s Team downed Sweden 6-1 to kick off the 2018 4 Nations Cup on Tuesday night.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) added a goal and two assists for the Canadians, who improved to 19-1 all-time against the Swedes at the annual tournament.
Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Markham, CWHL) started off the scoring with a shorthanded goal nine minutes in off a set-up from Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./Toronto, CWHL).
Daoust scored her first at 14:23 of the opening period before Canadian rookie Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) hammered home her first goal with the senior team with a minute left in the first.
The lone goal of the second period came off the stick of Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Markham, CWHL), who scored from Fast and Johnston on a Canadian power play.
The line of Poulin, Daoust and Johnston struck twice more before the third period was seven minutes old; the captain pushed the advantage to 5-0 at 3:48 before Daoust tucked in her second of the game three minutes after that.
Sweden finally found the back of the net on a power-play goal by Emma Nordin with 3:09 to go, ending the shutout bid of Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Buffalo, NWHL), who finished with 17 saves.
Canada will next get set for a showdown with the United States on Wednesday night (7 p.m. CT) the first meeting between the rivals since the Olympic gold medal game in February while Sweden takes on Finland in an all-Nordic match-up (3 p.m. CT).