Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women's Hockey Team to Break in New Goalies at Four Nations Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women's Hockey Team to Break in New Goalies at Four Nations Cup

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Canada young in goal for Four Nations


CALGARY - Canada will be green in goal at the Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament.

Hockey Canada has announced the country's 22-player roster for the tournament Nov. 4-8 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Canada is the defending champion having beaten the U.S. women 3-2 in a shootout in last year's final in Kamloops, B.C. Finland and Sweden round out the tournament field.

Canadian goaltenders Emerance Maschmeyer of Bruderheim, Alta., and Erica Howe of Orleans, Ont., have fewer than five career starts for the national team between them.

"We know what we have in some of our other goalies, but it's important to give some of these young players an opportunity to see what they can with the senior team," head coach Laura Schuler said Tuesday.

Shannon Szabados, Canada's winning goalie in both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic finals, is playing men's pro hockey for the Southern Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths.

Maschmeyer, 21, was the winning goalie in two preliminary-round games last year in Kamloops. She dressed for two games in April's women's world championship in Malmo, Sweden, but did not play in the tournament.

Maschmeyer and Howe, 23, may be short on national-team starts, but they've played international games for Canada's under-22 and under-18 teams and both have played in an NCAA Frozen Four final, points out general manager Melody Davidson.

"While on paper it might seem they're inexperienced, they definitely have pretty good pedigrees, both of them," Davidson said. "We need to see if what they bring on all the other levels, they bring at the senior level as well."

In non-Olympic years, the world championships and Four Nations Cup are the only two major international tournaments for the Canadian women.

The 2016 women's world championship will be March 28 to April 4 in Kamloops. The Americans are the defending champions after beating Canada 7-5 in Malmo.

Canada's Four Nations roster includes seven players who won Olympic gold in 2014 in Sochi, Russia: Marie-Philip Poulin, Meghan Agosta, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Rebecca Johnston, Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau. …

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