IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 2-1 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 06 Sep 2009

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 2-1ย Canadaย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Hockey Canada Cupย Gold Medal Game
General Motors Place, Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sunday, 06 September 2009

The United States left the building that will host the Olympic gold-medal game in women’s hockey in six months with more confidence than Canada.

The Americans won the Hockey Canada Cup with a 2-1 win over Canada at GM Place, which will be called Canada Hockey Place for the Olympics next February.

The tournament was an Olympic test event and the Canadians have homework to do after losing two games in four days to their arch-rival, including a 4-2 loss in the preliminary round.

“It’s frustrating and there’s no question we would have liked to have come away with a win,” Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser said. “I don’t know if they are in our heads, but it would certainly be nice to get a win the next time we play them whenever that is.”

Captain Natalie Darwitz and Monique Lamoureux scored power-play goals for the U.S., which has now beaten Canada in the last four major international tournaments, including the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.

“Hopefully we’re doing this in late February,” Darwitz said. “It’s good to get a grasp on this building and to have a few wins in this building obviously. We’ll take some confidence from this weekend, but it’s a long season ahead.”

Goaltender Jesse Vetter won her fifth straight start against Canada. She was Canada’s nemesis again Sunday with 34 saves, including 19 in the first period.

Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ontario, replied for the hosts in front of 8,137 at GM Place. Kim St-Pierre of Chรขteauguay, Quรฉbec, had 27 saves in the loss.

Canada and the U.S. have met in the final of every World Championship and Olympics, except the 2006 Winter Games final which featured Canada and Sweden.

But the U.S. has now won six of their last eight games against their northern rival and barring a major upset, the two countries are expected to meet for Olympic gold again 25 Feb.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” Canadian head coach Melody Davidson said. “They keep telling us it’s hard to play in an Olympic Games in your own country so I guess we’re living that right now.”

The two countries will face each other in a six-game series in Canadian and U.S. cities and will also meet again at the Four Nations Cup in Finland in November.

The U.S. is down to a 23-player roster, while Canada is carrying 26 players trying out for the Olympic team. Women’s teams can carry 21 players at the Games. Davidson has not said when she plans to name her Olympic squad.

The first period Sunday featured multiple scoring chances for Canada as they outshot the U.S. 20-9, managed just a power-play goal on a two-man advantage.

The pace fell off in the second and third period as players seemed to tire playing their fifth game in seven days. Canada struggled in its attempts to generate the tying goal after falling behind 2-1 early in the third.

Canada had five power-play chances and the U.S. two over the final 40 minutes of the game, yet the hosts were outshot 19-15 over that span. Canada went 1-for-8 with a man advantage.

“We’ve still got 26 (players) trying to get down to an Olympic team,” Wickenheiser said. “We need to get down to some specialty teams and work on some units, which we don’t really have. It’s sort of been all over the place this week.

“Knowing that we’re building along the way here, we just have to stay with it.”

Darwitz’s power-play goal at 1:28 in the third period stood up as the winner as Wickenheiser was in the penalty box for slashing.

Julie Chu put the puck off the backboards and as it flew back toward Canada’s net, the U.S. captain batted the puck over St-Pierre’s pad.

Canada had a two-man advantage to end the first period because of bodychecking and interference penalties to Gigi Marvin and Caitlin Cahow. Both Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin pounced on a rebound off a Wickenheiser shot from the point. Agosta got her stick on it to bat it by Vetter at 19:35 to tie the game 1-1.

With just three seconds left on a U.S. power play Lamoureux threw the puck on net from a deep angle. The puck went off the skate of Canadian forward Sarah Vaillancourt and slid past St-Pierre’s outstretched pad at 8:27.

Finland edged Sweden 1-0 for bronze earlier on a goal from Jenni Hiirikoski. Goaltender Noora Rรคty made 23 saves for the shutout and Swedish counterpart Kim Martin had 39 saves in the loss.

Toronto forward Cherie Piper did not play for Canada in the final because of an elbow injury she suffered in a pre-game skate Saturday. Darwitz was in the U.S. lineup despite a hard hit in the previous day’s semifinal versus Finland.

Davidson made veteran defenders Gillian Ferrari and Becky Kellar her healthy scratches in the final and said it was simply their turn to sit. “Maybe some day players will sit because I didn’t like the way they were playing, but that’s not the case right now,” she said prior to the game.

Goaltender Charline Labontรฉ (ankle), forward Jennifer Wakefield (shoulder) and Delaney Collin (post-concussion) did not play any games during the tournament.

The Canadian women have the week off before they resume training in Calgary. They’ll participate in a tournament with men’s midget triple-A teams 24-27 September and open the first of their six-game series against the U.S. starting 5 October in Victoria.

Notes: Canada is 48-34-1 all-time versus the U.S…Jillian Harris from the television reality series The Bachelorette attended the game…Canada and the U.S. will also meet 16 October in Spokane, Washington; 12 December in Denver; 15 December in Calgary; 30 December in St. Paul. Minnesota, and 1 January in Ottawa.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Darwitz, hooking
06:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, hooking
08:27 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Zaugg)
11:03 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, body checking
17:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Marvin, body checking
18:48 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Cahow, interference
19:35 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Agosta (Wickenheiser, Poulin)

2nd Period
26:46 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Thatcher, hooking
28:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Johnston, roughing
28:45 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Irwin, roughing
28:45 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, roughing
32:05 –ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Stack, roughing
37:38 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Engstrom, interference

3rd Period
40:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, slashing
41:18 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Darwitz (Chu, Cahow)
46:07 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, delay of game
53:21 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, tripping
57:03 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Poulin, delay of game

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (34-35)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย St-Pierre (23-25)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 9+9+11 = 25
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 20+7+8 = 35

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Lisa Chesson, Rachael Drazan, Molly Engstrom, Angela Ruggiero, Kerry Welland. Forwards: Julie Chu, Natalie Darwitz, Meghan Duggan, Angie Keseley, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Gigi Marvin, Jenny Schmidgall, Kelli Stack, Karen Thatcher, Jinelle Zaugg.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Charline Labontรฉ, Kim St-Pierre, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Tessa Bonhomme, Delaney Collins, Gillian Ferrari, Becky Kellar, Jocelyne Larocque, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ UNITED STATES (C) vs. CANADA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
current champion
(since 03 Sep 2009)
Last Title 03 Sep 2009
70 All-Time Wins
158
35 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
50 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‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 4-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 03 Sep 2009 โ€“ HCC โ€“ Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 4-0 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 05 Sep 2009 โ€“ HCC โ€“ Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 05 Oct 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
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