IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 4-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 10 Apr 2008

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย United States 4-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Women’s World Championship Qualifyingย Round
Baqu Arena, Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Thursday, 10 April 2008

Using a trio of power-play tallies, the U.S. Women’s National Team posted a 4-2 victory over Canada to advance to the Gold medal game of the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship here today at the Baqu Arena. The United States and Canada will rematch for the championship on Saturday 12 April.

After Canada went up 2-1 in the first period, Team USA tied it up in the second frame and added the game-winner midway through the final stanza to secure its first World Championship victory over the Canadians since 2005.

“We’re very proud of our team’s effort this afternoon,” said Jackie Barto, head coach for Team USA. “We stuck to our game plan and executed extremely well. We were able to apply a lot of pressure on the forecheck and generate energy off that. The difference today was the execution of our power play and penalty kill and we came up big with key blocked shots. We had our backs against the wall and we were able to get the job done. We look forward to Saturday’s rematch in the Gold medal game.”

The Canadians jumped on the board first in the opening frame, using their first power-play chance to take an early 1-0 lead. After U.S. netminder Jessie Vetter made the initial save on a Gina Kingsbury shot, Jayna Hefford put the rebound high into the net at 4:21.

Just over ten minutes later, at 15:34, Team USA converted on its own power play to knot the score at 1-1. Julie Chu sent a pass to Natalie Darwitz, who skated the puck into the Canadian zone and put it between Charline Labontรฉ’s legs with a low wrister from the goalmouth at 15:34. The tie did not last long, as Kelly Bechard wristed a shot just inside the far post from the right faceoff circle at 16:08 to give Canada a 2-1 advantage.

While up a man in the second period, the United States tied the game at 2-2. Rachael Drazan took a shot from the left point that deflected off Gigi Marvin to Caitlin Cahow in the right faceoff circle. Cahow one-timed it past Labontรฉ at 6:33.

Team USA capitalized again on the power play in the third stanza to take its first lead of the game. Jenny Potter passed to Darwitz in the right corner and Darwitz fed it to Meghan Duggan, who slapped it in it from the bottom of the slot at 8:24 for a 3-2 score.

The U.S. lead lasted through the remainder of the frame and Darwitz added an empty-net insurance goal at 19:36 with Labontรฉ pulled in favour of an extra attacker.

Labontรฉ made 16 saves in net for Canada, while Vetter stopped 14 for the United States.

NOTES: Natalie Darwitz was named U.S. Player of the Game…Team USA outshot Canada by a 20-16 margin…Team USA was 3-for-10 on the power play, while holding Canada to 1-for-9…Julie Chu played played at forward during the game…The last time Team USA beat Canada in World Championship play came in the Gold medal game in 2005, when the United States posted a 1-0 shootout win…Team USA has won one Gold medal and nine Silver medals in the 10 previous IIHF World Womenโ€™s Championships.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Vaillancourt, hooking
02:44 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Parsons, tripping
04:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Hefford (Kingsbury, Kellar)
06:37 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Faber, interference
09:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Weatherston, body checking
13:18 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – team, too many players
14:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, holding
15:34 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Darwitz (Lawler, Chu)
16:08 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Bechard (MacLeod)
17:05 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, hooking

2nd Period
20:46 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Stack, tripping
25:26 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Vaillancourt, hooking
26:33 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Cahow (Marvin, Drazan)
27:35 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Botterill, hooking
28:54 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Schmidgall, hooking
32:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Parsons, holding
35:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ouellette, body checking
37:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Collins, hooking

3rd Period
40:47 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, elbowing
42:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, body checking
46:17 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Vaillancourt, interference
48:24 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Duggan (Darwitz, Schmidgall)
48:46 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Thatcher, interference
53:06 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Drazan, holding
59:36 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย EN GOAL – Darwitz (Chu)

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (14-16)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Labontรฉ (16-19)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 7+8+5 = 20
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 7+5+4 = 16

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Rachael Drazan, Molly Engstrom, Angela Ruggiero, Kerry Weiland. Forwards: Julie Chu, Natalie Darwitz, Meghan Duggan, Sam Faber, Hilary Knight, Jessica Koizumi, Erika Lawler, Gigi Marvin, Sarah Parsons, Jenny Schmidgall, Kelli Stack, Karen Thatcher.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders:ย Charline Labontรฉ, Kim St-Pierre. Defence: Delaney Collins, Gillian Ferrari,ย Becky Kellar, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics. Forwards:ย Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Kelly Bechard, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, Hayley Wickenheiser.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ UNITED STATES vs. CANADA (C) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
new champion
(previous 17 Feb 2006
)
Last Title reign ends
(since 20 Feb 2006)
64 All-Time Wins
151
31 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
48 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North York ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-0 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 11 Nov 2007 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 09 Apr 2008 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 4-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 12 Apr 2008 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Harbin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณย ๐Ÿ…

Article Credit: USA Hockey
Photo Credit: Hockey Canadaย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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