IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 12 Oct 2013

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-2ย United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Exhibition Game
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Saturday, 12 October 2013

Canadaโ€™s National Womenโ€™s Team survived a late scare Saturday night to win the opener of an exhibition series against the United States.

Tara Watchorn scored in the third period before the U.S. rallied with two goals, only to fall 3-2 to Canada inside Gutterson Fieldhouse at the University of Vermont.

The game is the first of six meetings between the rivals prior to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

The results mean little, but the preparation is key for two teams likely to meet again in the Gold medal game in Sochi. Canadaโ€™s National Womenโ€™s Team, the three-time defending Olympic champions, and the U.S., have met in three of four Olympic finals, and all 15 women’s World Championships.

The Americans defeated Canada 3-2 in Ottawa, Ontario, this year to reclaim the IIHF Ice Hockey Womenโ€™s World Championship title.

Canada’s head coach Dan Church had that loss at the worlds in mind after Saturdayโ€™s win.

“I think we wanted to set the tone here for the series,” he said following the game. “We also wanted to have a little redemption based on our last game. I think that’s the way it’s going to go for both teams as we move through this year. No one’s going to want to let the other one get up too many, so it was a good start for us.”

After a scoreless first, Caroline Ouellette and Bailey Bram gave Canada a 2-0 lead in the second period.

Watchorn made it 3-0 on the power play at 4:45 in the third. The 23-year-old defenceman is one of 27 players hoping to make the 21-player Olympic roster. The 27 players are currently based out of Calgary, Alberta, where theyโ€™re training, travelling from and playing a full schedule of exhibition games not just against the United States, but also against AAA teams across the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

“I’m one of the younger defencemen coming in, and for me I’m just enjoying the entire process and trying to find my role and keep it simple on the blue line, and hopefully be there when the time comes for Sochi,” Watchorn said.

But the Americans certainly made the Canadians work for the win. Brianna Decker scored with a 5-on-3 man advantage at 11:05 in the third and Gigi Marvin got the U.S. within one at 14:39 in the period.

“I thought the first 40 minutes, we really dictated the pace,” Church said. “A couple five-minute (penalties) and a game misconduct there at the end of the game; our players stood up for our goaltender.

Emotionally, that’s really important for our development as a team as well.”

Canada’s Shannon Szabados, who is vying for starts at Sochi with Charline Labontรฉ and Geneviรจve Lacasse, finished with 15 saves over three periods.

Her American counterpart, Brianne McLaughlin, stopped 26 shots total.

Canada and the U.S. next meet Thursday in Boisbriand, Quรฉbec.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
15:08 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – M. Lamoureux, tripping

2nd Period
23:09 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Dunne, body checking
24:16 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Ouellette (Hefford, Wickenheiser)
25:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Bram (Kohanchuk, Bendus)
27:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wakefield, hooking
38:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Wickenheiser, tripping

3rd Period
44:49 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Knight, body checking
44:54 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Watchorn (Ward, Wickenheiser)
45:51 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – J. Lamoureux, holding
47:09 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Chu, tripping
49:57 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Bendus, tripping
50:05 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Watchorn, roughing
51:05 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP2 GOAL – Decker (Carpenter)
54:39 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Marvin (J. Lamoureux, M. Lamoureux)
56:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Birchard, roughing
56:37 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – J. Lamoureux, roughing
56:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Bonhomme, roughing
56:37 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Stack, roughing

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Szabados (15-17)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย McLaughlin (26-29)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 5+12+12 = 29
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 4+2+11 = 17

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Charline Labontรฉ, Shannon Szabados.ย Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Laura Fortino, Meaghan Mikkelson, Catherine Ward, Tara Watchorn.ย Forwards: Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Jenelle Kohanchuk, Caroline Ouellette (C), Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser (A).
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Jessie Vetter.ย Defence: Megan Bozek, Lisa Chesson, Jincy Dunne, Gigi Marvin, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein.ย Forwards:ย Kate Buesser, Alex Carpenter, Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Lyndsay Fry, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Kelli Stack.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA vs. UNITED STATES (C) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
new champion
(previous 09 Apr 2013)
Last Title reign ends
(since
09 Apr 2013)
192 All-Time Wins
91
67 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
44 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‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 3-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 09 Apr 2013 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 3-2 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 09 Apr 2013 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ…
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-3 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 17 Oct 2013 โ€“ EX โ€“ Boisbriand ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Hockey Canadaย –ย IIHFHHOFIOC

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