Hilary Knight of the United States scored the only goal in the shootout, edging out the Canadians 3-2 at the Mile One Centre on the opening day of the 4 Nations Cup.
The Americans both closed and open the scoring at Tuesday night’s game, as just 11 seconds into the first period, American Jenny Potter (née Schmidgall) scored after a dump-in that bounced the puck off the boards in front of a wide open net. Jocelyne Lamoureux assisted the goal. There were three penalties in the first period, with the United States sent to the box once and Canada serving two. Canada pestered and peppered U.S. goaltender Jessie Vetter in the final seconds of the period, but they came up empty-handed by the intermission.
The second period started with Canada’s golden goal scorer, Marie-Philip Poulin, tipping one past Vetter at 2:07 on the power play, with help from Caroline Ouellette and Tessa Bonhomme.
Meghan Duggan gave the United States the lead once more at 10:18, taking a feed from Caitlin Cahow. At 12:36 in the period, with nine seconds left on the power play, Jocelyne Larocque and Haley Irwin assisted Meaghan Mikkelson to make it even at two goals apiece. Team U.S.A. received four penalties, while officials handed Canada two offences. Before the second was up, American netminder Jessie Vetter mad some huge saves, denying a couple of Canadian breakaways.
The third period was action-packed but scoreless, sending the Olympic gold medal rematch into sudden victory four-on-four overtime. The Canadians spent most of OT in the offensive zone, but once again they couldn’t put the puck past Vetter.
Canada’s Poulin hit the post with in the shootout, while Megan Agosta and Jennifer Wakefield were both denied by Vetter. Hilary Knight scored on Shannon Szabados for the win.
There was no surprise for Team U.S.A.’s player of the game, with Vetter receiving the honour after stopping 34 shots in regulation. Mikkelson was named player of the game for Canada.
Canada’s National Women’s Team travels to Clarenville on Wednesday to take on Sweden.
IHLC: With the win, the United States wins its 20th International Hockey Lineal Championship title, their first since last year’s Four Nations Cup in Vierumäki, Finland. This game, the 96th meeting between the U.S. and Canada for the IHLC, was the first between the two since Canada’s 2-0 Gold Medal win at the Vancouver Olympics in February. The U.S. will next face Finland at the Four Nations Cup with group points and the IHLC up for grabs.
00:11 – GOAL – Schmidgall (J. Lamoureux)
01:01 – PEN – Cahow, holding
11:50 – PEN – Agosta, tripping
13:54 – PEN – Mikkelson, roughing
20:51 – PEN – Schmidgall, holding
22:07 – PP GOAL – Poulin (Ouellette, Bonhomme)
23:41 – PEN – Slusar, tripping
26:45 – PEN – Bellamy, roughing
30:18 – GOAL – Duggan (Cahow)
30:45 – PEN – Cahow, cross checking
32:36 – PP GOAL – Mikkelson (Larocque, Irwin)
36:23 – PEN – Piper, interference
36:41 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, slashing
41:42 – PEN – Wickenheiser, cross checking
51:08 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, body checking
W: Vetter (32-34)
L: Szabados (23-26)
SHOTS ON GOAL
4+11+10+0+1 = 26
9+12+11+2+0 = 34
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Meagan Mangene, Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Sarah Erickson, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Jenny Schmidgall, Haley Skarupa, Allie Thunstrom, Jinelle Zaugg.
Goaltenders: Christina Kessler, Kim St-Pierre, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Annie Guay, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Tara Watchorn. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser.