IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 2-1 United States 🇺🇸 (OT) – 17 Dec 2017

🇨🇦 Canada 2-1 United States 🇺🇸 (OT)
Exhibition Game
Rogers Place, Edmonton 🇨🇦
Sunday, 17 December 2017

Jennifer Wakefield scored with 26 seconds to play in overtime as Canada’s National Women’s Team defeated the United States 2-1 to close out the teams’ six-game pre-Olympic series.

Natalie Spooner set up the game-winner with a great individual effort, taking the puck from mid-ice, driving along the boards and below the goal line, before throwing the puck out front. A trailing Wakefield buried the puck home in the crease.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored in regulation for Canada. Rebecca Johnston and Laura Fortino earned the assists.

Shannon Szabados picked up her second 2-1 overtime win of the series.

After dropping the opener, Canada ran off five straight wins in the series.

The crowd of 17,468 saw Canada open the scoring late in the first period on Sunday.

Coming in, the Americans had enjoyed eight more power play chances than the Canadians. When it did have the man-advantage, Canada had struggled, converting only once in 18 opportunities.

In the series finale, the Canadian power play broke through for the first time since Game 2. Gigi Marvin and Meghan Duggan took back-to-back penalties, giving Canada a five-on-three advantage for 31 seconds.

Marvin’s penalty had just expired when Fortino fed a short pass to Poulin, whose slap shot from the top of the circle beat Maddie Rooney.

It was Poulin’s team-leading fourth goal of the series. Poulin – 4G 1A – and Meghan Agosta – 2G 3A – finished tied for the team lead in scoring, with five points each.

The United States equalized with the only goal of the second period, with Hilary Knight finishing off a centering pass from Kendall Coyne.

After playing eight times this fall – the teams also met twice at the 2017 4 Nations Cup, with Canada dropping both games – there’s no love lost between the two rivals. But they will now enjoy a two-month break from each other. Canada next faces the United States on 14 Feb 2018, in the preliminary round of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

1st Period
15:11 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Marvin, hooking
16:42 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Duggan, holding
17:15 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Poulin (Johnston, Fortino)

2nd Period
20:53 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Hart, tripping
34:02 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Knight (Coyne, M. Lamoureux)
38:04 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Poulin, hooking
38:26 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Kessel, tripping

3rd Period
40:54 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Cameranesi, hooking
43:34 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Spooner, tripping
53:28 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Turnbull, delay of game

64:34 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Wakefield (Spooner)

W: 🇨🇦 Szabados (34-35)
L: 🇺🇸 Rooney (24-26)

🇨🇦 11+4+6+5 = 26
🇺🇸 8+12+13+2 = 35

🇨🇦 Goaltenders: Geneviève Lacasse, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Micah Hart, Halli Krzyzaniak, Brigette Lacquette, Meaghan Mikkelson. Forwards: Meghan Agosta (A), Bailey Bram, Mélodie Daoust, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner (A), Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin (C), Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Blayre Turnbull, Jennifer Wakefield.
🇺🇸 Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux, Sidney Morin, Emily Pfalzer, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey.

current champion
03 Dec 2017)
Last Title 03 Dec 2017
214 All-Time Wins
81 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
60 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
🇨🇦 CAN 2-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 21 Apr 1987 – WWT – North York 🇨🇦
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
🇨🇦 CAN 3-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 15 Dec 2017 – EX – San Jose 🇺🇸
Last IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 3-1 USA 🇺🇸 – 15 Dec 2017 – EX – San Jose 🇺🇸
Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 10-0 SUI 🇨🇭 – 04 Feb 2018 – EX – Goyang 🇰🇷

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit: Hockey Canada IIHFHHOFIOC


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