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Oct 21, 2012 10:05pm
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Raty says her country has Canada in its sights in womens hockey. “Its in our
heads that we dont believe we can beat the U.S., but we believe we can beat
Canada,” she said Thursday. “Its a mental thing.” Its significant the Finns feel
brave heading into Fridays semifinal at the womens world hockey championship.
Finland has never beaten Canada in womens hockey, but games between the two
countries have been close enough recently to make the Finns feel they like theye
gained ground. “When we play Canada, their style fits better for our style,”
Raty explained. “The U.S. players are more skilled. Canada is more physical.”
Raty made 40 saves in Sundays preliminary-round game that ended up 3-2 for
Canada. In last years world championship, Raty stopped 48 shots in a 2-0 loss to
the Canadians in the round robin. In the semifinal rematch, the workhorse made
74 saves in a 4-1 loss that was a 2-1 game until the third period. The Minnesota
Golden Gopher took exception to Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheisers assertion
after their round-robin game here that scores would be lopsided if not for her
performance in goal. “I hear (that) every time after a game, it could be a 10-0
game if I didnt play well,” Raty said. “I dont actually believe that. I think we
can really give them a good game and challenge them.” The U.S., winners of three
straight world titles, meets Switzerland in Fridays other semifinal. Against
Finland, Canada will have to balance patience with the knowledge that the sooner
they get to Raty, the sooner they stamp out Finlands hope of an upset. “Were
going to get opportunities eventually,” Wickenheiser said. “You cant get
over-eager.” Raty, meanwhile, isnt fully healthy. She admitted earlier in the
tournament she was injured when the Golden Gophers piled on her while
celebrating their Frozen Four win last month. But that hasnt stopped Raty from
stopping a high volume of pucks. She made 43 saves in a quarter-final win over
Sweden. “They really rely on the goaltender,” Wickenheiser said. “Sometimes I
think we make her look good. Shes a little more patient than sometimes the
shooters are. “Youve got to have a game of patience, but composure in tight with
the puck too and look to not get in too tight and jam it into her. Pass around
her and make her life difficult.” As Canadian head coach Dan Church puts it,
Canada cant spend the first five minutes Friday dipping their toe into the water
to see what the game will be like. “Youve got to jump in with both feet,” he
said. “I dont think weve played the way we wanted to in the first five minutes
in any of our games thus far. “We need to come out with a sense of urgency and
execute some of the little things in the first part of the game and that will
set the tone for the rest of the game.” Canada has to cycle the puck quickly to
destabilize Finlands defence and get Raty moving. Games are played mostly in
Finlands half of the ice when Canada is the opponent, which lulls the Canadians
into an offence-only mindset. Church doesnt announce his starting goaltender
until game day. Shannon Szabados faced 15 shots in net from the Finland on
Sunday. Finland needs to get their shot total over 20 to have a better chance at
an upset. They can be opportunistic, turning a defensive lapse into a
short-handed goal and also scoring a power-play goal Sunday. Its arguable that
Finland came out of Sundays game with more confidence than Canada despite the
loss. The Canadians took a shocking 9-2 beating from the Americans to open the
tournament Saturday and were in somewhat of a survival moved against Finland.
“They have confidence against us based on their last game,” Church acknowledged.
“They were in that game and looking at some of the tweets from some of their
players, they feel pretty good about their chances. “We have to weather the
storm, the first five minutes and stick to the game plan.” Fridays semifinal is
an opportunity for Canada to get some swagger back as well as earn a berth in
the gold-medal game. “Its a game where were going to focus on what we do, not
what they do,” Wickenheiser said. “We can dictate the game and control it and
thats the most important thing.” Notes: Canada is 54-0-1 all-time versus
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Stadium in Wroclaw.NEWCASTLE, England – Newcastle has signed Dutch international
midfielder Vurnon Anita from Ajax on a five-year deal. The 23-year-old Anita has
played three times for the Netherlands and will wear the No. 8 shirt for his new
team. Coach Alan Pardew tells the Newcastle website that “he is an exceptionally
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