Four different U.S. Women’s National Team players scored goals as the U.S. topped Canada, 4-2, here today in Wesley Chapel, Florida, in game two of the 2017 Four Nations Cup.
“The score is really a reflection of the team’s commitment,” said Robb Stauber, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach. “Anyone who watched this game tonight saw a team that was very committed from start to finish. We did so many things right tonight, and it is a great thing to build off of as we continue the tournament.”
Team USA opened the scoring 15 minutes into the opening frame when Cayla Barnes netted a power-play goal on a shot that deflected off a Canadian defender.
With 2:50 left in the frame, Megan Bozek struck with a slap shot from the top of the right circle, doubling the U.S. lead.
Canada notched the lone goal of the second period 3:07 into play when Rebecca Johnston skated the puck down the right side and tucked a shot right past U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney, cutting the deficit in half.
Just under a minute into the final period, Kendall Coyne gave the U.S. a two-goal advantage when she put home a loose puck during a net-front scramble.
With 4:29 on the clock, Canada scored a shorthanded goal to bring the team within one goal of Team USA. Alex Carpenter then fired a wrist shot straight to the back of the net with just under four minutes left, accounting for the 4-2 final.
Rooney stopped 20 of 22 shots in the victory.
Team USA continues Four Nations Cup play Friday (Nov. 10) against Sweden.
IHLC: With the victory, the Americans capture their 31st International Hockey Lineal Championship, and first title since the start of their 2017-18 season last month. This marks the 137th all-time meeting between Canada and the U.S. over the IHLC, with the Americans improving their record over Canada in 2017 to to 4-1, their first meeting since dropping the IHLC to Canada in Boston last month. The Americans will now face Sweden in their final round robin game, with a trip to the Gold Medal Game and the IHLC up for grabs.
00:44 – PEN – team, too many players
04:48 – PEN – team, too many players
05:14 – PEN – Hart, tripping
08:08 – PEN – Duggan, cross checking
10:40 – PEN – A. Potomak, slashing
14:14 – PEN – Saulnier, charging
15:03 – PP GOAL – Barnes (Coyne, Decker)
15:27 – PEN – Brandt, interference
17:50 – GOAL – Bozek (Pankowski)
19:39 – PEN – Knight, tripping
21:34 – PEN – Bellamy, slashing
23:07 – PP GOAL – Johnston
24:19 – PEN – Barnes, body checking
24:44 – PEN – Poulin, hooking
29:42 – PEN – Bellamy, tripping
36:02 – PEN – Keller, tripping
39:22 – PEN – Turnbull, holding
40:50 – PP GOAL – Coyne (Decker)
41:41 – PEN – Hart, holding
42:19 – PEN – Keller, hooking
47:23 – PEN – Pankowski, hooking
54:49 – PEN – Larocque, holding
55:31 – SH GOAL – Agosta (Poulin)
56:07 – PP GOAL – Carpenter (Marvin, Bozek)
W: Rooney (20-22)
L: Desbiens (26-30)
SHOTS ON GOAL
15+9+6 = 30
5+15+2 = 22
Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Annie Pankowski, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey.
Goaltenders: Ann-Renée Desbiens, Geneviève Lacasse. Defence: Erin Ambrose, Laura Fortino, Micah Hart, Halli Krzyzaniak, Jocelyne Larocque, Lauriane Rougeau. Forwards: Meghan Agosta (A), Emily Clark, Haley Irwin (A), Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse, Amy Potomak, Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull.