IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 16 Oct 2009

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 5-2ย United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Exhibitionย Game
Spokane Arena, Spokane ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Friday, 16 October 2009

Special teams are often the difference between a win and a loss, which is why Caroline Ouellette never takes a power-play opportunity for granted. On Friday night, she had multiple reasons to be thankful.

Ouellette scored two power-play goals and Canada killed eight of nine penalties as the Canadians topped the United States for the second time in as many weeks with a 5-2 victory.

“We got the opportunities and fortunately we were able to create good chances out of it,” said Ouellette, a Montrรฉal native. “I think the effort to put us on the power play was huge, and we’ve been working a lot on special teams in the last month and I think that made the difference tonight.”

The Canadians and Americans will meet at least five more times before the puck drops at the Vancouver Olympics. Canada is 2-0 in exhibition play against the U.S., as the Canadians also won 3-1 on 05 October in Victoria.

“I love it โ€“ I wish we could play each other every week,” Ouellette said. “They are the best games, and it’s the best rivalry โ€“ we know each other so well. It’s great for women’s hockey and it’s great to get ready (for the Olympics).”

Meghan Agosta put Canada on the board at 17:47 into the opening period when she popped in the rebound of teammate Cherie Piper’s shot.

Gigi Marvin tied the score with a power-play goal for the Americans at 19:06, but Canada retook the lead โ€“ which it never surrendered โ€“ when Haley Irwin scored at 19:35.

“We knew we had to come out better in the second, and create some opportunities,” Ouellette said.

Create is exactly what the Canadians proceeded to do.

Ouellette scored twice in the middle period, giving Canada a commanding 4-1 lead, with back-to-back power-play goals โ€“ first on a 5-on-3, and then again less than two minutes later at 6:14 while Canada had a one-man advantage.

“We knew we didn’t have a long time to score on the 5-on-3, we only had about 30 seconds,” said Ouellette. “Once we scored that goal, we didn’t want to let up we wanted to keep putting the puck on their goalie and make them stop us โ€“ which they didn’t, so it was good.”

Hayley Wickenheiser scored Canada’s final goal at 16:24 before Jenny Potter buried the Americans’ second and final goal at 18:35.

Shannon Szabados made 32 saves in net for Canada, while U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter stopped 36 of Canada’s 41 shots.

“I think it was a very good game for us, but we have a lot of games left to play so we can feel good about this one but not for long,” Ouellette added. “There are always things that we should be doing better, so we will move on from this game and hopefully play even better in our next game.”

The teams meet again in Denver, Colorado, on 12 December before the six-game exhibition series shifts to Canada for a 15 December meeting in Calgary.

1st Period
07:08 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Darwitz, hooking
07:48 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Weiland, roughing
07:48 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Agosta, roughing
09:27 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ferrari, body checking
12:17 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – J. Lamoureux, hooking
13:47 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Sostorics, body checking
17:47 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Agosta (Piper)
18:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ouellette, holding
19:06 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Marvin (Darwitz, Knight)
19:35 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Irwin (Johnston, Vaillancourt)

2nd Period
20:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ferrari, tripping
22:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Agosta, roughing
22:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – J. Lamoureux, roughing
22:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, cross checking
24:18 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chesson, holding
24:38 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP2 GOAL – Ouellette (Wickenheiser, Hefford)
26:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Ouellette (Hefford, Vaillancourt)
28:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, cross checking
29:36 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hefford, roughing
36:24 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Wickenheiser (Ward)
38:35 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Schmidgall (Knight, Zaugg)

3rd Period
45:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, hooking
53:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, cross checking
57:19 –ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chu, holding
59:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Botterill, hooking

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Szabados (32-34)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (36-41)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 17+13+11 = 41
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 12+13+9 = 34

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 (C) vs. UNITED STATES ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
current champion
(since 05 Oct 2009)
Last Title 05 Oct 2009
160 All-Time Wins
52 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
35 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
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 (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 05 Oct 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-1 USAย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 05 Oct 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-2 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 01 Nov 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Article Credit: Hockey Canada



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