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Another step on the road to the Olympics. Plus news and recaps from the pro and college leagues.

Finland v Canada - 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship Semifinal
Rosa Lindstedt #4 of Finland will do battle with Meghan Agosta #2 of Canada again on November 10 at the Four Nations Cup
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Story of the week

Four Nations Cup November 7 - 12
Schedule, locations, tickets and streaming links

Rosters: USA, Canada, Finland, Sweden

Teams are beginning to arrive in Florida for exhibition games prior to next week’s Four Nations Cup. This will be the 22nd tournament since 1996 (although it began life as a Three Nations Cup). This year it’s a crucial pre-Olympic tournament, as rosters should be very close to what we’ll see in February. Three of the teams (Canada, USA and Finland) will be playing each other in Group A during the round robin at Pyeongchang.

There are plenty of stories to look out for. As the lone Group B team, this is a great chance for Sweden to test themselves out against the top three teams and really see what they need to work on if they want to make the medal round. (The coach. They need to work on firing the coach. Not that they’re the only team in this tournament with that issue.) It remains to be seen who will be in goal for Canada. Team USA has pulled the surprise move of bringing in Cayla Barnes as a last-minute addition on defense, and providing new uncertainty as to who Team USA will bring to Pyeongchang.

However, the biggest question on the minds of USA Hockey will be attendance. The medal games on Sunday November 12 will be held at Amalie Arena, home rink of the Tampa Bay Lightning. How well will this tournament that most Americans have never heard of, that has no North American TV broadcaster (all games will be streamed on HockeyTV) bring in fans? Can USA Hockey demonstrate that they are learning to market the women’s game?

The Halloween Cup will be held in Dmitrow, Russia the same weekend, featuring Russia, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The general public may not notice if a women’s hockey tournament in Russia manages to out-draw Four Nations Cup, but you can be sure the women’s hockey world will be watching.

International hockey

Kuwaiti women's ice hockey team leave for Bangkok | MENAFN.COM
The Kuwaiti women's ice hockey team is taking part in the international competition which kicks off Monday at the Thai capital Bangkok.

20 questions for Noora Raty - Olympic - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
If anyone can prepare for two Olympics at the same time, it’s Noora Raty.

Quebec City shows the growth of women’s hockey in the province - Eyes On The Prize
Over 10,000 fans showed up to watch the top two countries in women’s hockey

Canada bounces back to even series with Team USA - Eyes On The Prize
A three-goal second period drove Canada to their first win

No regrets
A three-year Swedish sojourn has changed the way Jennifer Wakefield looks at hockey and life

Cayla Barnes joins 2017-18 women's national team - The Ice Garden
Boston College freshman leaves school to rejoin centralization squad in Wesley Chap

CWHL

Recaps

Sarah Lefort scores twice as Les Canadiennes defeat Markham Thunder 3-2 - Eyes On The Prize
Les Canadiennes win in overtime - again

Emerance Maschmeyer shines as Les Canadiennes beat Markham Thunder - Eyes On The Prize
Maschmeyer wins the goaltending duel vs. Erica Howe

CWHL Recap: Toronto Furies beat Vanke Rays, Markham Thunder lose in OT - Pension Plan Puppets
Redemption for the Furies, tough loss for Markham.

CWHL: Vanke Rays win first game vs Toronto Furies, Markham Thunder lose - Pension Plan Puppets
Vanke starts their season with a perfect record.

Calgary Inferno Update: The Inferno Are On A Roll - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Inferno are off to a hot start this season.

CWHL's historic expansion into China off to a strong start - Sportsnet.ca
The Vanke Rays dominated the Toronto Furies Saturday night and in the process the China-based CWHL team made history in so many ways.

Canada’s Jessica Wong leading CWHL expansion Red Star in China | Calgary Sun
Jessica Wong embarked on her Canadian Women’s Hockey League career in the 2013-14 hockey season as a forward with the Calgary Inferno. What a difference four years makes.

Vanke Rays’ cultural exchange pays through growing the game in China – The Athletic (SUBSCRIPTION)
Last spring, Brooke Webster was ready to hang up her skates for good.

NWHL

Recaps

NWHL Weekend Wrap
The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) kicked off its third season on Saturday afternoon, with all four teams in action in a pair of exciting games.

Beauts Take Season Opener Over Resilient Whale 3-2 – DFP Sports
By David F. Pendrys STAMFORD, CT – The Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale may have seen a lot of changes in their lineups over the off season, but the two franchises played yet another of their wild wide open games Saturday afternoon at Terry Conners rink.

Five storylines heading into the 2017-18 NWHL season - The Ice Garden
From league salaries to the New Jersey Devils partnership and more, there's lots to talk about going into Year Three.

Top 10 players to watch in the NWHL - The Ice Garden
The Olympians are gone this year, but the NWHL still has a ton of star power.

NWHLPA Announces Board of Directors for Third NWHL Season
The National Women’s Hockey League Players’ Association today announced the members of its Board of Directors for the professional league’s third season.

NWHL lands Dunkin’ Donuts renewal - SportsPro Media
Women’s ice hockey league signs extension with its first corporate sponsor.

Voices of the fans -- Metropolitan Riveters host Boston Pride in first NWHL game at NHL arena
By partnering with the New Jersey Devils, the Metropolitan Riveters hosted the first NWHL game at an NHL arena. Here's what fans who watched the Riveters take on the Boston Pride at Prudential Center had to say.

Pro Hockey Player Kaliya Johnson: Put Your Kids On The Ice. You Never Know If They’ll Fall In Love With It | GOOD Sports
National Women's Hockey League player on why hockey needs more women.

Buffalo Beauts' Jacquie Greco Is Primed for Season Opener
Defender-forward Jacquie Greco is primed and her Buffalo Beauts teammates are primed to get the third NWHL season underway on October 28th.

Miye D’Oench, women’s hockey player, inspired by sibling rivalry | am New York
Like most hockey players with New York roots, Miye D’Oench traces her love of the sport to the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup victory.

Inside the NWHL: Madison Packer and the masked physical toll of women's hockey | NHL | Sporting News
Madison Packer is one of the NWHL's most popular and most physical players.

Conversation With Tatiana Rafter: Double Header With Metropolitan Riveters and New Jersey Devils
This Saturday marks a historic double header with the New Jersey Devils and Metropolitan Riveters. Tatiana Rafter talks about the excitement for the event.

NCAA

Polls: USCHO | USA Today | The Ice Garden

St. Cloud State University Swiss Goalie Janine Alder Is Primed for NCAA Victory and PyeongChang
Janine Alder is an NCAA sophomore goaltender and is already an Olympic bronze medalist too. THW caught up with her after a Huskies practice.

Goaltender Has Catcher Full | Sports Features | ithaca.com
Former Section V goaltender takes on Cornell women’s hockey, engineering major, ROTC

Another North Bay Goalie in the NCAA - BayToday.ca
'I really believe everything of my journey has happened for a reason and I am very appreciative of everyone that has been a part of it'

Watertown Daily Times | College women’s hockey: Clarkson comes back strong with shutout win after Friday’s OT loss (VIDEO)
After losing its ECAC Hockey opener Friday night, the defending national champion Clarkson University women’s hockey team responded with a 6-0 rout of Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

Valley News - Big Green Goalie Sets NCAA Saves Record in Win
Dartmouth goalie Christine Honor made 61 saves as the Big Green women’s hockey team defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, for its first win of the season and first victory over the Bobcats since Jan. 11, 2013.

WELLHAUSEN SENDS WISCONSIN PAST MINNESOTA IN OVERTIME, 2-1
The No. 6 Golden Gopher women's hockey team gave top-ranked Wisconsin all it could handle but ultimately fell 2-1 in overtime in front of 1,178 fans at Ridder Arena Sunday evening.

U Sports

Top 10 Tuesday — U SPORTS
UBC, Alberta and Saint Mary's are once again your top 3 in women's hockey.

Thunderbirds top Canada West table after sweeping Pronghorns at home
“I was really impressed with the composure we had,” UBC head coach Graham Thomas said post-game.

X-Women defeat Huskies in overtime in clash of top AUS teams - St. Francis Xavier University Athletics
In a clash of nationally ranked teams, the No. 6 StFX X-Women defeated the No. 3 Saint Mary's Huskies 2-1 in a tight overtime encounter on Saturday evening at the Charles V. Keating Centre.

Statement weekend for women’s hockey | The Journal
With matchups against the nationally seventh-ranked Guelph Gryphons and the York Lions, Queen’s looked to continue their undefeated start to the season.

European league hockey

Women’s Hockey League (Russia)Women’s Hockey Update: October 30th, 2017 | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
Well, this was a fairly busy week in Russian women's hockey!

SWHL (Switzerland) ZSC Lions are on the verge of winning the Qualification - swisshockeynews.ch
ZSC Lions, HC Lugano, EV Bomo Thun, and SC Reinach: These are the standings of the SWHL A ahead of the game between last season's champion and the runner-up.

AWIHL (Australia)

Brisbane Goannas 2017-18 roster | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Brisbane Goannas have released their roster for the upcoming 2017-18 AWIHL season. Into the team are Samantha Brophy, Tina Girdler, Jaimi Goonan, Sarah Kinniment, Dannielle Roberts and Dana Robitallie. While dropped from the roster are Ashleigh Brown, Shaela Doig, Emma Gray, Charlotte Kelly, Brittany Parkyn, Rosanna Routledge, Anna Santilli and Tiffany Venning. The Goannas…

Perth Inferno established | Ice Hockey News Australia
The Perth team looking to enter the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League for the 2018-19 season have been named the Perth Inferno. Tryouts for the Inferno will be held on 7 and 14 November at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Inferno will compete in two exhibition games on 17 and 18 February against the Sydney…

Ice Hockey Australia New faces of MIW
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) starts off the summer season this weekend at O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands with Melbourne Ice Women’s (MIW) team competing against Brisbane Goannas.

AWIHL news: 28 October 2017 | Ice Hockey News Australia
Adelaide Rush - The Rush have announced their leadership group for the 2017-18 season. Ashley Pelkey will captain the team with Candice Mitchell and Hannah Wright serving as alternate captains.

2017-18 AWIHL season: Round 1 | Ice Hockey News Australia
Round 1 of the 2017-18 Australian Women's Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Sirens and Melbourne Ice. The Sirens sit on top of the standings, edging out the Ice on goal difference. Competition resumes on 11 November with the Rush hosting the Goannas in a double header at the Adelaide…