IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 05 Oct 2009

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Exhibitionย Game
Save-On-Foods Centre, Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Monday, 05 October 2009

Using timely offence from Meghan Agosta and brilliant penalty killing, Canada’s women’s hockey team ended a long winless drought against its biggest rival.

Agosta scored twice and Canada’s penalty killing unit was a perfect 6-for-6 in a 3-1 victory over the United States on Monday night.

The Canadians took the first round of a six-game exhibition series in front of 6,072 fans at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Sarah Vaillancourt also scored for Canada, while Erika Lawler replied for the U.S.

Canada had dropped its last three meetings with the Americans and hadn’t defeated its arch-rival since 10 April โ€“ a 2-1 win over the U.S. in Hรคmeenlinna, Finland.

Canada goaltender Kim St-Pierre held steady, weathering four first-period power plays as the Americans fired 14 shots in the opening minutes.

The Canadian penalty kill held firm and kept a clean sheet when both Tessa Bonhomme and Gina Kingsbury left Canada with a two-player disadvantage.

St-Pierre said the penalty kills set the tone for the rest of the match.

“After we held them off in those first few minutes we came back stronger and ended up scoring,” she said. “I knew I needed to have a big game tonight and the girls in front of me played so well.”

Jayna Hefford had the crowd on its feet ten minutes into the game when she skated past her markers and had only American goalie Molly Schaus to beat. The American netminder stepped up and kept the score level with a crucial pad save.

The home side finally broke the deadlock on the power play with 2:41 left in the first period. Hayley Wickenheiser fed Hefford who found Agosta for the game’s opening strike.

The Canadians carried the momentum into the second period where they outshot their southern opponents 19-10 but failed to find the back of the net.

Canada’s best second period scoring opportunity came in the 13th minute when Agosta sliced the American defence but a cross goal diving effort from Schaus kept the score 1-0.

“We could have been down by a lot more if it wasn’t for our goalie tonight,” American head coach Mark Johnson of Schaus’ performance.

Canada added to its lead 3:30 into the third period when Vaillancourt sent a hard shot past Schaus. Three minutes later, Natalie Darwitz fed Lawler for the American’s first and only goal.

The momentum failed to shift in the American’s favour and Agosta combined with Wickenheiser in the 12th minute of the final period for the insurance goal.

Canada outshot the U.S. 44-36.

The two sides will be back in action for the second leg of the exhibition series when head to Spokane, Washington, on 16 October.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:52 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Duggan, slashing
04:11 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, holding
04:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Bonhomme, boarding
07:36 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Kingsbury, roughing
15:03 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – MacLeod, body checking
17:19 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chesson, holding
17:32 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Agosta (Hefford, Wickenheiser)

2nd Period
20:48 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ruggiero, high sticking
20:53 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Bonhomme, interference
37:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, interference

3rd Period
43:16 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Vaillancourt (Irwin, Johnston)
43:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Piper, hooking
46:16 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Lawler (Darwitz)
46:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, roughing
46:42 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, roughing
48:55 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Agosta (Wickenheiser)
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chu, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Agosta, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Bellamy, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Lawler, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Piper, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ruggiero, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, misconduct
59:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, misconduct

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย St-Pierre (35-36)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Schaus (41-44)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 16+19+9 = 44
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 14+10+11 = 36

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

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA vs. UNITED STATES (C) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
new champion
(previous 03 Sep 2009)
Last Title reign ends
(since 03 Sep 2009)
159 All-Time Wins
70
51 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
35 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-1 USAย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 21 Apr 1987 โ€“ WWT โ€“ North York ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 2-1 CANย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 06 Sep 2009 โ€“ HCC โ€“ Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 2-1 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 06 Sep 2009 โ€“ HCC โ€“ Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 16 Oct 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Spokane ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Hockey CanadaIIHFHHOFIOC

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