PLYMOUTH, Mich. â€” A quick look at Canada’s semifinal against Finland at the women’s world hockey championship Thursday:
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Haley Irwin â€” Adept at tip-ins and redirects, which is how you score on Finland goaltender Noora Raty.
Marie-Philip Poulin â€” If the semifinal comes down to the wire, look for Canada’s captain and Olympic golden goaler to ride to the rescue.
Shannon Szabados â€” Must win the goaltending dual with Raty.
Noora Raty â€” Veteran goaltender has always been able to steal a game, but now has a stronger supporting cast in front of her.
Susanna Tapani â€” Leads tournament in scoring with three goals and five assists in eight games.
Michelle Karvinen â€” Creative, smart and experienced, Karvinen is Finland’s top playmaker.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Canada â€” Short, smart passes and forwards coming back to help move puck quickly out of the defensive zone. Pay the physical price to score dirty goals on Raty.
Finland â€” Keep forcing Canada to take shots from the perimeter and pressure them for a turnover in the offensive zone. Tournament’s most penalized team has to stay out of the box.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press