Game Summary

GAME SUMMARY

United States 2 - Canada 3 (Shootout)
 

HEFFORD'S SHOOTOUT GOAL GIVES CANADIAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM 3-2 WIN OVER U.S.

OTTAWA – For United States head coach Mark Johnson, losing comes a little easier when done in front of a record-setting crowd.

Jayna Hefford had the lone shootout goal and Charline Labonté stopped all three American shootout attempts as Canada beat the U.S., 3-2 in a pre-Olympic women's hockey game Friday night in front of 16,347 fans at SBP Arena.

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It was the largest Canadian crowd to watch a women's hockey game, surpassing the previous mark of 15,163 set Jan. 26, 1998 at the Calgary Saddledome.

“We would have liked to win the hockey game, but more importantly women's hockey was the winner,” said Johnson.

“They're going to be walking out of the building obviously impressed with what they saw on the ice. I'm very impressed with this crowd and certainly think the players fulfilled their task of entertaining them.”

With the teams tied after a competitive 40 minutes, Meghan Agosta scored at 5:07 of the third period to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Agosta was all alone in front of the U.S. goal after taking a behind-the-net pass from Caroline Ouellette.

The Americans tied the game with 16 seconds to play in the third period when Julie Chu's point shot found its way through traffic and past Labonté.

Sarah Vaillancourt also scored for Canada, while Jenny Potter had the other goal for the Americans. Jesse Vetter took the loss in the U.S. net, allowing two goals on 26 shots in regulation and overtime.

“You never really want to go to a shootout but I think we battled pretty hard,” Hefford said. “Coming off Christmas break it was a little more difficult than we'd like to see, but winning a game is winning a game.”

The game was the final meeting between the teams before the start of the Vancouver Olympics next month. Canada swept the six-game exhibition series with the U.S., with victories Oct. 5 and 16 and Dec. 12, 15 and 30. They also beat the Americans in the championship game of the Four Nations Cup in early November.

“We can't think about the past and what has happened, and we also can't think too far ahead. We've just got keep going,” said Agosta, who has eight goals and 13 points in 10 games versus the Americans this season.

Canada opened the scoring 5:18 into the game when Vaillancourt was handed a gift off the stick of American forward Gigi Marvin. Canadian blue-liner Catherine Ward attempted a cross-ice pass, but Marvin tipped the puck directly to Vaillancourt in the slot and she found the top corner behind Vetter.

The Americans tied the game at 7:47 when the Canadian defence couldn't corral a rebound and Potter converted the chance from in close.

It was the only goal allowed by St. Pierre, who stopped 12 shots. Labonté took over at 9:25 of the second period and made 17 saves to collect the win.

The teams engaged in a chippy and physical second period that produced four minor penalties but no goals.

Notes: Canada is 55-35-1 all-time against the United States and 7-3 this season ... Forwards Hayley Wickenheiser (215) and Jayna Hefford (204) are the only two women to play 200 or more games with Canada's national team ... Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux are not only the first twins on a U.S. women's national team, but also the first set of sisters to do so.

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Series vs USA Location/Emplacement Ottawa, Ont.
Date Fri. Jan. 1, 2010 Arena/Aréna SBP Arena
Time/Heure 7:00 pm ET Attendance/Assistance 16,347
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No. match 06

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
OT
SO
Final
USA
1
0
1
0
0
2
CAN
1
0
1
0
1
3

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
05:18 CAN Sarah Vaillancourt

07:57 USA Jenny Potter (Hilary Knight, Monique Lamoureux)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
02:00 USA Bench/Banc (Too Many Players/Trop du joueurs)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
05:18 CAN Marie-Philip Poulin (Roughing/Rudesse)

11:21 CAN Gillian Apps (Roughing/Rudesse)
12:00 USA Angela Ruggiero (Slashing/Coup de baton)
13:40 CAN Jayna Hefford (Slashing/Coup de baton)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
05:07 CAN Meghan Agosta (Caroline Ouellette)

19:42 USA Julie Chu (Natalie Darwitz,Jenny Potter)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
15:30 USA Lamoreux (Body-checking/Mise échec corporelle)

18:58 CAN Cherie Piper (High-sticking/Bâton élévé)

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
None/Aucune

Goaltenders USA Jessie Vetter
Gardiens de but CAN Kim St-Pierre, Charline Labonté (09:25 in 2nd)
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p OT Ttl
Shots on Goal USA 11 8 10 2 31
Tirs au but CAN 9 7 10 2 28
 
Referee/Arbitre Marianne Gage
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Heather Richardson, Kerri Rumble
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