IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) – 01 Jan 2010

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย (SO)
Exhibitionย Game
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Friday, 01 January 2010

For United States head coach Mark Johnson, losing comes a little easier when done in front of a record-setting crowd.

Jayna Hefford had the lone shootout goal and Charline Labontรฉ stopped all three American shootout attempts as Canada beat the U.S., 3-2 in a pre-Olympic women’s hockey game Friday night in front of 16,347 fans at SBP Arena.

It was the largest Canadian crowd to watch a women’s hockey game, surpassing the previous mark of 15,163 set 26 January 1998 at the Calgary Saddledome.

“We would have liked to win the hockey game, but more importantly women’s hockey was the winner,” said Johnson.

“They’re going to be walking out of the building obviously impressed with what they saw on the ice. I’m very impressed with this crowd and certainly think the players fulfilled their task of entertaining them.”

With the teams tied after a competitive 40 minutes, Meghan Agosta scored at 5:07 of the third period to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Agosta was all alone in front of the U.S. goal after taking a behind-the-net pass from Caroline Ouellette.

The Americans tied the game with 16 seconds to play in the third period when Julie Chu’s point shot found its way through traffic and past Labontรฉ.

Sarah Vaillancourt also scored for Canada, while Jenny Potter (nรฉe Schmidgall) had the other goal for the Americans. Jesse Vetter took the loss in the U.S. net, allowing two goals on 26 shots in regulation and overtime.

“You never really want to go to a shootout but I think we battled pretty hard,” Hefford said. “Coming off Christmas break it was a little more difficult than we’d like to see, but winning a game is winning a game.”

The game was the final meeting between the teams before the start of the Vancouver Olympics next month. Canada swept the six-game exhibition series with the U.S., with victories 05 and 16 October and 12, 15 and 30 December. They also beat the Americans in the championship game of the Four Nations Cup in early November.

“We can’t think about the past and what has happened, and we also can’t think too far ahead. We’ve just got keep going,” said Agosta, who has eight goals and 13 points in 10 games versus the Americans this season.

Canada opened the scoring 5:18 into the game when Vaillancourt was handed a gift off the stick of American forward Gigi Marvin. Canadian blue-liner Catherine Ward attempted a cross-ice pass, but Marvin tipped the puck directly to Vaillancourt in the slot and she found the top corner behind Vetter.

The Americans tied the game at 7:47 when the Canadian defence couldn’t corral a rebound and Potter converted the chance from in close.

It was the only goal allowed by St-Pierre, who stopped 12 shots. Labontรฉ took over at 9:25 of the second period and made 17 saves to collect the win.

The teams engaged in a chippy and physical second period that produced four minor penalties but no goals.

NOTES: Canada is 55-35-1 all-time against the United States and 7-3 this season…Forwards Hayley Wickenheiser (215) and Jayna Hefford (204) are the only two women to play 200 or more games with Canada’s national team…Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux are not only the first twins on a U.S. women’s national team, but also the first set of sisters to do so.

1st Period
02:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – team, too many players
05:18 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Vaillancourt
07:57 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Schmidgall (Knight, M. Lamoureux)

2nd Period
25:18 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Poulin, roughing
31:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Apps, roughing
32:00 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Ruggiero, slashing
33:40 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hefford, slashing

3rd Period
45:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Agosta (Ouellette)
55:30 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, body checking
58:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Piper, high sticking
59:42 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย EA PP GOAL – Chu (Darwitz, Schmidgall)


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Hefford
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ none

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย St-Pierre (11-13),ย Labontรฉ (17-18)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Vetter (26-29)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+7+10+2+1 = 29
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 11+8+10+2+0 = 31

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Charlineย Labontรฉ,ย 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
07 Nov 2009)
Last Title 07 Nov 2009
168 All-Time Wins
57 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
36 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 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 30 Dec 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Saint Paul ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 30 Dec 2009 โ€“ EX โ€“ Saint Paul ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 18-0 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 13 Feb 2010 โ€“ OG โ€“ Vancouver ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Deseret Newsย –ย IIHFHHOFIOC



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