The U.S. Women’s National Team lost to Canada, 4-3 in a shootout, in an exhibition game that took place in conjunction with the International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series here today.
The U.S. will resume tournament action tomorrow against Sweden, having thus far posted a perfect 4-0-0-0 record at the event.
“It was a disappointing finish to a tough game overall,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women’s National Team. “We hope to bounce back with a lot more energy and jump against Sweden tomorrow.”
Hilary Knight scored back-to-back goals 20 seconds apart to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the first period. Canada’s Gillian Apps cut the lead in half at 2:41 before Jocelyne Larocque evened the score at 7:05 to send the teams into intermission tied, 2-2.
Brianna Decker scored a power-play goal at 13:54 of the middle frame to give the U.S. a one-goal lead. But two minutes later, Canada’s Jayna Hefford tied the score once again.
A scoreless third period and extra frame sent both teams into a shootout. Despite a goal by Team USA’s Kelli Stack, Canada connected on three of its shootout attempts to come away with the victory.
Team USA goalie Jessie Vetter turned aside 31 shots in the loss, while Canada’s Geneviéve Lacasse made for 44 saves in the victory.
Team USA’s game against Sweden, which will take place tomorrow (Aug. 30), will mark its fifth of six tournament games.
IHLC: With the win, Canada wins their record 24th International Hockey Lineal Championship title, their first since winning the Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game over the U.S. in November 2010. The win ends a five-game IHLC win streak for the United States, who entered the Twelve Nations Tournament with the title, and defeated Russia, Japan, Switzerland and Canada before their exhibition shootout loss. Canada, who defeats the Americans in the 102nd IHLC meeting in history between the nations, next faces hosts Finland tomorrow for their third IHLC game in three days.
01:35 – GOAL – Knight
01:55 – GOAL – Knight (Kessel)
02:41 – GOAL – Apps
03:13 – PEN – Deluce, tripping
07:05 – GOAL – Larocque (Apps)
13:55 – PEN – Irwin, hooking
16:48 – PEN – Apps, elbowing
21:56 – PEN – Engstrom, interference
22:35 – PEN – Apps, tripping
32:54 – PEN – Scanzano, body checking
33:54 – PP GOAL – Decker (M. Lamoureux)
36:55 – GOAL – Hefford (Agosta)
47:45 – PEN – Duggan, holding
56:05 – PEN – Irwin, holding
63:00 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, hooking
W: Knox (0-2), Lacasse (44-45)
L: Vetter (31-35)
SHOTS ON GOAL
11+10+10+3+1 = 35
13+16+15+3+0 = 47
Goaltenders: Christina Kessler, Liz Knox, Geneviéve Lacasse. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Emmanuelle Blais, Mallory Deluce, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Caroline Ouellette, Jesse Scanzano, Jennifer Wakefield.
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Kasey Boucher, Lisa Chesson, Molly Engstrom, Milica McMillen, Josephine Pucci, Sasha Sherry. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Jillian Dempsey, Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Jenny Schmidgall, Jen Schoullis, Kelli Stack.
Article Credit: USA Hockey