Team Canada, clad in very unique yet unfamiliar black and yellow Livestrong-branded jerseys, opened the 2013 World Championships on home ice in Ottawa by dispatching Team USA 3-2 in a shootout, setting the tone for the tournament and winning back the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Americans completely dominated the first period, looking to avenge the relatively fresh loss of the World Championship on home ice early. Monique Lamoureux opened the scoring on the powerplay just over four minutes in, lifting a tight-angle wrist shot over Shannon Szabados to go up 1-0. The U.S., who outshot Canada 13-5 in the first, would add a second tally from Brianna Decker, batting in a rebound on a 2-on-1 with Amanda Kessel past Szabados to go up 2-0 after twenty minutes. The second period remained scoreless, while penalty minutes racked up in what was becoming an increasingly aggressive game.
Canada cut the deficit with just over eight minutes to go, when Rebecca Johnston chipped in a loose puck over a sprawling U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter, through a crowd in front of the net, to make things 2-1. Then, with 1:47 remaining, and not even having the chance to pull Szabados for an extra attacker, Catherine Ward evened things up by batting a loose rebound past a fallen Vetter to tie things at two. Overtime solved nothing, and on the fourth round of the shootout, Jennifer Wakefield put past a beautiful fake-forehand backhander over Vetter, and when Szabados stoned Hilary Knight on the U.S.’ last attempt, Canada locked up the shootout win 3-2.
With the win, Canada wins their record 28th International Hockey Lineal Championship from their Team USA rivals, a title they last won from the U.S. at the 2012 World Championships Gold Medal Game. This is the 110th IHLC meeting between the cross-border rivals, and first since the U.S. won their latest IHLC from Canada at the Four Nations Cup final in November. Canada will next face Switzerland in Group A preliminary action with the IHLC up for grabs.
03:09 – PEN – Ouellette, body checking
04:05 – PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Marvin)
09:35 – PEN – Wakefield, tripping
18:54 – GOAL – Decker (Kessel, Carpenter)
24:33 – PEN – Knight, tripping
25:23 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, interference
28:53 – PEN – Bellamy, body checking
32:34 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, slashing
32:57 – PEN – Ward, holding
39:19 – PEN – Duggan, body checking
39:44 – PEN – Poulin, hooking
41:14 – PEN – Schleper, hooking
48:21 – PEN – Apps, body checking
51:13 – GOAL – Johnston (Vaillancourt, Wakefield)
58:13 – GOAL – Ward (Irwin, Vaillancourt)
M. Lamoureux stopped
W: Szabados (27-29)
L: Vetter (24-27)
SHOTS ON GOAL
5+6+15+0+1 = 27
13+6+5+5+0 = 29
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette (A), Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser (C).
Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Lisa Chesson, Gigi Marvin, Michelle Picard, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Alex Carpenter, Julie Chu (C), Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (A), Lyndsey Fry, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Jen Schoullis, Kelley Steadman.