Hannah Brandt scored twice as the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Canada, 5-1, here today in Tampa, Florida, to win the 2017 Four Nations Cup.
Team USA gained momentum early in the first period when Kendall Coyne skated the puck down the ice on a breakaway three minutes into play, but she could not get it past Canadian netminder Geneviève Lacasse. Though both the U.S. and Canada had several great chances, including one power play opportunity apiece, neither was able to convert and the first period ended 0-0.
With 4:54 remaining in the second period, the U.S. got on the board when Brandt took a wrist shot from the slot to put Team USA ahead of Canada, 1-0. Just over a minute later, Brandt lit the lamp again on the power play when she gathered Amanda Kessel’s rebound from the bottom of the left circle and found the back of the net to give the U.S. a 2-0 advantage entering the final stanza.
Canada struck on the power play just halfway through the third, when Megan Agosta shot a one-timer past U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney, cutting the deficit in half. Hilary Knight answered back, putting home a rebound after two Team USA attempts on net. With just more than a minute left to play, Emily Pfalzer made a cross-zone pass on the power play to Kessel, who one-timed the puck into the net. Kendall Coyne then skated the puck down the right side for a backhanded goal with just 17 seconds remaining, accounting for the 5-1 final. Rooney made 18 saves on 19 shots in the victory.
The United States has captured the Four Nations Cup title eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), finished second 12 times and third in the 2013 tournament. The U.S. holds an overall record of 50-6-5-24-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 87 Three/Four Nations Cup games.
IHLC: With the win, Team USA retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 31st title, which they won from Canada in the Group Round just four days ago. The meeting marks the first between these rivals since the aforementioned round robin game, and is the 138th all-time meeting between these squads, now putting the overall series at 77-60-1 in favour of Canada. This was also the 21st Nations Cup final between Canada and the U.S., of which Canada has won 13 and the Americans now 8, and is the third straight Gold Medal over Canada for Team USA. The Americans will now enter the second leg of their pre-Olympic exhibition series against Canada with the IHLC, reconvening again on December 3 in Saint Paul for the title.
03:35 – PEN – Decker, hooking
11:09 – PEN – Fast, tripping
26:42 – PEN – Keller, interference
30:33 – PEN – Poulin, cross checking
35:06 – GOAL – Brandt (Cameranesi, Bellamy)
36:34 – PEN – Larocque, cross checking
36:49 – PP GOAL – Brandt (Pfalzer, Kessel)
46:52 – PEN – Wakefield, body checking
49:36 – PEN – team, too many players
49:40 – PEN – Decker, roughing
49:40 – PEN – Larocque, roughing
50:42 – PP GOAL – Agosta (Lacquette, Irwin)
51:23 – PEN – Keller, hooking
55:11 – PEN – Clark, tripping
56:19 – PP GOAL – Knight (Coyne, Bellamy)
56:54 – PEN – Wakefield, interference
58:32 – PEN – Lacasse, slashing
58:53 – PP GOAL – Kessel (Pfalzer, Cameranesi)
59:43 – GOAL – Coyne (Knight, Cameranesi)
W: Rooney (18-19)
L: Lacasse (22-27)
SHOTS ON GOAL
7+13+7 = 27
8+6+5 = 19
Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, 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: Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau (A). Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Bailey Bram, Emily Clark, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner (A), Laura Stacey, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.