IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 5-2 Canada 🇨🇦 – 22 Oct 2017

🇺🇸 United States
 5-2 Canada 🇨🇦
Exhibition Game
Centre Vidéotron, Québec 🇨🇦
Sunday, 22 October 2017

Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored, but Canada’s National Women’s Team fell 5-2 to the United States on Sunday in the first of six pre-Olympic exhibition games between the rivals.

Ann-Renée Desbiens took the loss in net.

Canada looked to have opened the scoring six minutes in; Natalie Spooner drove down the boards and behind the U.S. net before passing out front. With the puck going in off the skate of the trailing Bailey Bram, the goal was waved off.

Instead, it was the U.S. getting on the board first. On the power play, Megan Bozek hit the post from the point, and Hilary Knight deposited in the rebound from the doorstep.

Minutes after the Canadians couldn’t convert of their first power play opportunity, the U.S. doubled its lead with another rebound, this one by Brianna Decker.

Canada broke through late in the first. Agosta broke free on a breakaway, and after goaltender Maddie Rooney slipped coming out to challenge, the forward scored into an empty net. Agosta now has 20 goals against the United States, most of anyone on Canada’s 28-player centralization roster.

The U.S. took control of the game with a three-goal second period.

Annie Pankowski tipped in Alex Carpenter’s centering pass only 1:12 into the period. A poor cross-ice pass by the Canadians was intercepted and led to Carpenter scoring shorthanded off a centering pass from Emily Pfalzer. Decker then scored her second goal of the game, a one-timer seconds into a power play.

Canada struggled to create offence of its own during the middle frame. Its first shot didn’t come until nine minutes in, on the power play.

The only goal of the third period came on a nice passing play by the Canadians, and Saulnier’s backhand finish off a behind-the-net feed from Brianne Jenner.

The teams face off again Wednesday night in Boston.

1st Period
07:42 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Clark, slashing
09:05 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Knight (Bozek, Decker)
11:38 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Duggan, tripping
16:00 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Decker (M. Lamoureux, Duggan)
17:31 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Agosta

2nd Period
20:11 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Pankowski (Carpenter)

25:20 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Wakefield, tripping
28:38 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Bellamy, interference
30:16 – 🇺🇸 SH GOAL – Carpenter (Pfalzer)
36:14 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Ambrose, interference
36:22 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Decker (Coyne, Bozek)

3rd Period
52:53 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Saulnier (Jenner, Lacquette)

W: 🇺🇸 Rooney (23-25)
L: 🇨🇦 Desbiens (19-24)

🇺🇸 14+8+2 = 24
🇨🇦 10+7+8 = 25

🇺🇸 Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux (A), Gigi Marvin, Emily Pfalzer, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Annie Pankowski, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey.
🇨🇦 Goaltenders: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Geneviève Lacasse. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Laura Fortino, Halli Krzyzaniak, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau (A). Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Bailey Bram, Emily Clark, Mélodie Daoust, Brianne Jenner (A), Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse, Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.

current champion
(since 31 Mar 2017
Last Title 31 Mar 2017
120 All-Time Wins
58 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
76 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
🇨🇦 CAN 2-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 21 Apr 1987 – WWT – North York 🇨🇦
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. CAN)
🇺🇸 USA 3-2 CAN 🇨🇦 (OT) – 07 Apr 2017 – WWC – Plymouth 🇺🇸  🏅
Last IHLC Game
🇺🇸 USA 3-2 CAN 🇨🇦 (OT) – 07 Apr 2017 – WWC – Plymouth 🇺🇸  🏅
Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 5-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 25 Oct 2017 – EX – Boston 🇺🇸

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