IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – 05 Nov 2009

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Four Nations Cup Preliminary Round
Vierumรคki Ice Arena,ย Vierumรคki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Thursday, 05 November 2009

Strong special teams and goaltending propelled the U.S. women to a 3-2 win over Canada on Friday at the Four Nations Cup in a preview of Saturday’s championship game.

American captain Natalie Darwitz scored a power-play goal and Hilary Knight a short-handed one early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Canada pulled even with goals from Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ontario, and Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Quรฉbec, but Meghan Duggan’s goal with 14 seconds remaining in the second period stood up as the winner.

Canada outshot the U.S. 22-18, but couldn’t solve goalie Jesse Vetter in the third period despite power-play opportunities.

“We just couldn’t put the puck in the net today,” Johnston said. “I think tomorrow we’re going to come out stronger and we’ll get those goals we didn’t get today.”

Vetter made 20 saves, while Canadian counterpart Charline Labontรฉ of Boisbriand, Quรฉbec, made 15.

It was Labontรฉ’s first start against the U.S. since the World Championship final in April, when Canada lost 4-1 in Hรคmeenlinna, Finland. A sprained ankle in August kept her out of the lineup for almost two months.

“I felt good during the game, but obviously I didn’t come up with the win, so I need to work harder and do better next time,” Labontรฉ said. “It sucks that we lost, but it wasn’t a bad loss. We played well.”

The U.S. remained undefeated a 3-0 in the tournament, while Canada dropped to 2-1.

The two countries meet again in Saturday’s final in Tikkurila, Finland. While head coach Melody Davidson was pleased her team limited U.S. scoring chances, she wasn’t satisfied with how Canada came out of the gates.

“We definitely can’t give up two goals early,” head coach Melody Davidson said. “We played a solid enough game. Our power play needed to pull the trigger when it had the chance and it didn’t, so we’ll address a couple things on the power play.

“Other than that, we need to do what we did and be a little hungrier around the net.”

Sweden beat Finland 2-1 in overtime at Hartwall in the day’s other contest. Those two countries meet again Saturday in the third-place game. The annual Four Nations Cup is Canada’s last international tournament before the Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia on 12 February.

Canada won the last two Olympic gold medals in women’s hockey, but the U.S. has taken back-to-back world championships. Barring an upset, the two countries are expected to meet for Gold 25 February in Vancouver.

Twenty-six players are trying out for 21 jobs on the Canadian women’s team. Davidson has not said when she’ll name her final roster.

The U.S. took a 3-2 edge in the season series with Friday’s win. The Americans beat Canada twice at the Hockey Canada Cup in September, but the Canadians responded with victories in two exhibition games.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ouellette, interference
01:57 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Darwitz (Knight)
07:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ruggiero, body checking
08:11 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย SH GOAL – Knight
10:52 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Schmidgall, slashing
12:09 –ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Johnston (Mikkelson, Irwin)

2nd Period
20:17 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Duggan, tripping
27:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Poulin (Wickenheiser, Agosta)
30:29 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – MacLeod, tripping
39:46 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Duggan (Stack)

3rd Period
42:58 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – J. Lamoureux, holding
45:34 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – team, too many players
48:25 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – MacLeod, holding
51:27 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, tripping
53:10 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chesson, hooking
55:40 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Jenner, slashing
57:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, slashing

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (20-22)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Labontรฉ (15-18)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 3+9+6 = 18
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+9+4 = 22

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter.ย Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Lisa Chesson, Rachael Drazan, Molly Engstrom, Angela Ruggiero, Kerry Weiland.ย 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, Carla MacLeod, Meaghan Mikkelson, Colleen Sostorics, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston, Gina Kingsbury, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ UNITED STATES vs. CANADA (C) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
new champion
(previous 05 Oct 2009)
Last Title reign ends
(since 05 Oct 2009)
71 All-Time Wins
163
36 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
52 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 5-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 16 Oct 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Spokane ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 04 Nov 2009 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Kerava ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 07 Nov 2009 โ€“ FNC โ€“ Tikkurila ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ…

Article Credit: Hockey Canada

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