Game Summary
Calgary Royals 2 - Canada 3
 
WAKEFIELD’S PAIR SINKS ROYALS

CALGARY, Alta. – Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont.) scored her second goal of the game while falling to the ice during a mad goal-mouth scramble early in the third period, helping Canada’s National Women’s Team to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Royals on Saturday afternoon.

The win gave Canada a perfect 3-0 round-robin record at the Icebreaker Tournament, and set up a rematch between the Canadians and the Royals in Sunday’s championship game (3:30 p.m. MT).

A fast-paced and evenly-matched first period yielded no goals but several quality chances for both teams. On a power play, Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta.) stopped the Royals’ Logan Maddin on a quick shot in front. Moments later, it was Calgary goaltender James D’Andrea’s chance to shine, stopping Jayna Hefford’s (Kingston, Ont.) effort after a great cross-ice pass from Sarah Vaillancourt (Sherbrooke, Que.).

The Royals finally opened the scoring early in the middle frame, as Brad Buckingham’s centering pass bounced in off a hard-charging Trent Geiger. Canada pressed on and actually took the play to the Royals for the next few minutes, with Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) coming up just short on a breakaway at the midway point of the period.

But D’Andrea couldn’t keep the Canadians at bay much longer, and it was Catherine Ward (Montreal, Que.) intercepting a clearing attempt and sending a wrist shot through a crowd at the net. The rebound came out to Wakefield, who sent a backhand past D’Andrea.

Canada took a 2-1 lead less than three minutes later, as Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) won a battle along the boards behind the net, stepped in front and found the corner for her third goal in two games, but the Royals needed just 3:19 to even the score at 2-2 as Gui Glasspoole pushed his own rebound past Szabados.

Wakefield scored the winning goal at the 2:36 mark of the final period, managing to slide the puck through a crowd and past D’Andrea while getting knocked over in front of the net.

The Royals pressed in the final moments, but managed only four shots on net the final frame.

In addition to Sunday’s championship game, the Calgary Flames and UFA Bisons will face off at 12:30 p.m. MT in the third-place game. Tickets for all tournament games can be purchased at the door.

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Midget Series Location/Emplacement Calgary, Alta.
Date Sat. Sep. 26, 2009 Arena/Aréna Father David Bauer
Time/Heure 3:00 pm MT Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game #/No. match -

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
ROY
0
2
0
2
CAN
0
2
1
3

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
03:36 CAN Haley Irwin (Interference/Obstruction)
11:48 CAN Haley Irwin (Cross-Checking/Double-échec)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
03:29
ROY Trent Geiger (Brad Buckingham)
11:25 CAN Jennifer Wakefield ( Catherine Ward)
14:15 CAN Rebecca Johnston
17:34 ROY Gui Glasspoole (Mark Christensen, Reed Huber)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
07:13 ROY Devin Dambrauskas (Tripping/Faire trèbucher)
15:05 ROY Aaron Elaschuck (Holding/Retenir)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
02:36 CAN Jennifer Wakefield (Rebecca Johnston, Haley Irwin)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
03:45 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:44 ROY Ryan MacPhee (Cross-Checking/Double-échec)

Goaltenders ROY James D'Andrea
Gardiens de but CAN Shannon Szabados
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal ROY 9 12 4 25
Tirs au but CAN 6 11 14 31
 
Referee/Arbitre Trevor Onstine
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Justin Slimm, Ricki Lee Brown