Game Summary
NWT 4 - U22 3
 
LATE SPECIAL TEAMS PUSH HELPS NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM TO WIN

CALGARY, Alta. – It was close, but it was not to be for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team on Monday night.

Leading 3-2 with seven minutes to go, the U22 team allowed a power play goal and a shorthanded marker in the dying minutes, allowing the National Women’s Team to escape with a 4-3 victory in the first game of the three-game series between the teams.
Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) and Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) did the damage late for the national team, as Agosta helped set up Poulin for the game-tying goal on a two-man advantage at 13:06 before Poulin returned the favour on the game-winner with 66 seconds remaining.

Despite playing its first competitive game as a team, the U22 side came out with the momentum in the opening 20 minutes, drawing three penalties and outshooting the national team 12-5, but the game was scoreless after one.

Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Que.) finally converted a U22 power play early in the second period, stepping in from the blueline and snapping a shot past goaltender Kim St-Pierre (Châteauguay, Que.) for a 1-0 lead.

But NWT veterans Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que.) and Gillian Apps (Unionville, Ont.) made sure the lead did not last, scoring 2:33 apart to put the national side ahead 2-1 and ensuring an unhappy send-off for U22 netminder Laura Hosier (Sharon, Ont.), who was replaced by Christina Kessler (Mississauga, Ont.) after Apps’ goal.

Trailing for the first time, the under-22 team went back to work on the power play, getting goals from Karell Emard (Richelieu, Que.) and Jessica Wong (Baddeck, N.S.) to take a 3-2 lead to the dressing room.

Determined not to suffer its first loss of the year, the national team came out flying to start period three and earned a full two-minute man advantage when Emard and Jesse Scanzano (Dollard des Ormeaux, Que.) took minor penalties with eight minutes to go.

Poulin took advantage of the 5-on-3, blasting a point shot by Kessler to draw the national team even.

Younger than all but two players in the game, the 18-year-old wasn’t satisfied with just tying the game, as she outraced a U22 defender to the puck and fed Agosta, who poked the game-winning goal past Kessler with just 1:06 remaining on the clock.

The national team outshot the U22 side 13-3 in the third period and 31-25 overall.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday (7 p.m. MT) before wrapping up the series Thursday night (7 p.m. MT). Both games are at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena.


Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Series vs NWT Location/Emplacement Calgary, Alta.
Date Mon. Aug. 17, 2009 Arena/Aréna Father David Bauer
Time/Heure 19:00 MT Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No. match -


Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
NWT
0
2
2
4
U22
0
3
0
3

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts:
none/aucun

Penalties/Punitions:
02:49 NWT Gillian Apps (Body-checking/Mise en échec)
10:13 NWT Jocelyne Larocque (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
16:18 NWT Gina Kingsbury (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts:
04:08 U22 Lauriane Rougeau (Laura Fortino, Vicki Bendus) PP/AN
06:56 NWT Caroline Ouellette
09:29 NWT Gillian Apps (Jennifer Wakefield, Catherine Ward)
11:12 U22 Karell Emard (Jesse Scanzano, Laura Fortino) PP/AN
19:54 U22 Natalie Spooner (Bailey Bram, Jessica Wong) PP/AN

Penalties/Buts:
03:10 NWT Caroline Ouellette (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
09:48 NWT Tessa Bonhomme (Body-checking/Mise en échec)
18:28 NWT Jocelyne Larocque (Holding/Retenir)
19:25 NWT Jennifer Botterill (Hooking/Accrocher)
20:00 U22 Karell Emard (Hooking/Accrocher)
Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts:
13:06 NWT Marie-Philip Poulin (Sarah Vaillancourt, Meghan Agosta) PP/AN
18:54 NWT Meghan Agosta (Marie-Philip Poulin) SH/DN

Penalties/Punitions:
02:15 U22 Lauriane Rougeau (Interference/Obstruction)
12:03 U22 Jesse Scanzano (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
12:03 U22 Karell Emard (Hooking/Accrocher)
16:58 NWT Brianne Jenner (Interference/Obstruction)


Goaltenders NWT Kim St-Pierre
Gardiens de but U22 Laura Hosier; Christina Kessler (in 2nd/09:29)
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal NWT 5 13 13 31
Tirs au but U22 12 10 3 25
 
Referee/Arbitre ---
Linesmen/Juges des lignes ---