Game Summary
Canada 3 - United States 4 (Final in Overtime Shootout)
 

CANADIANS CAN’T COMPLETE COMEBACK IN SHOOTOUT LOSS

PIERREFONDS, QC – For the first time since 2006, Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team has come out on the losing end of a game, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the United States on Wednesday night.

With eight players who were part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Harbin, China in April on its roster, the USA’s Women’s Under-22 Select Team jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead – with all three goals coming on the powerplay – only to see the Canadians claw back to tie the game and force overtime, and eventually a shootout.

The loss was the first for Canada’s U22 team since August 24, 2006 a span of 14 games and almost two years.

A penalty to Canadian forward Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, ON/University of New Hampshire, HE) just 10 seconds after the opening face-off gave the Americans an early powerplay, and Gigi Marvin connected just 27 seconds later, her long shot eluding Canadian goaltender Liz Knox (Stouffville, ON/Wilfrid Laurier University, CIS).

Emily West and Monique Lamoureux added goals on the man advantage late in the period as the Americans outshot Canada 23-7 in the opening 20 minutes and took a 3-0 lead to the dressing room.

With the United States threatening to turn the game into a runaway the Canadians fought their way back, as Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, MB/Balmoral Hall, MB MAA) counted Canada’s first goal at the nine-minute mark of the second period, fighting off an American defender and depositing a rebound past USA netminder Molly Schaus to cut the lead to two at 3-1.

Canadian captain Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON/Mercyhurst College, CHA) struck just two minutes later on a powerplay, snapping a shot from the slot past Schaus to make it a 3-2 game.

Knox, despite a slow middle frame, had to come up big late, turning away American forward Meghan Duggan on a breakaway in the period’s final minute, keeping it a one-goal game heading to the intermission.

The Canadians continued to pressure for the game-tying goal in the third period and were finally rewarded when veteran forward Laura Fridfinnson (Arborg, MB/University of Minnesota-Duluth, WCHA) dug the puck out along the boards and fed Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, ON/University of Minnesota-Duluth, WCHA), who beat Schaus and drew the Canadians even at 3-3 with just 2:39 left on the clock.

After a scoreless five-minute, four-on-four overtime, Sarah Parsons scored for the USA on its second shot of the shootout before Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, ON/Durham, PWHL) pulled Canada even on the third and final shot of regulation, going backhand to forehand to beat Schaus.

Kelli Stack and Wakefield missed in the first round of sudden-death extra shooters before Jocelyne Lamoureux tucked a backhand under Knox to give the Americans another lead.

Spooner failed to convert for the Canadians on their fifth chance, giving the Americans their first win over Canada since scoring a 2-1 overtime win in Ottawa in 2006.

After a day off on Thursday, the two teams will return to the ice at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe 4 Glaces on Friday night, with game time set for 7 p.m. EDT.

 

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Series vs. USA Location/Emplacement Pierrefonds, QC
Date Wed. Aug. 20, 2008 Arena/Aréna Pierrefonds Sportplexe
Time/Heure 19:00 ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Exhibition Game # 1

 

Box Score/Compte

1

2

3

OT

SO

Final

CAN

0

2

1

0

0

3

USA

3

0

0

0

1

4

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
0:37 USA Marvin (Lawler) PP
14:28 USA West (Duggan, Marvin) PP
17:50 USA M. Lamoureux (West) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :
0:10 CAN Wakefield (Hooking/Accrocher)
4:52 CAN Karpenko (Hooking/Accrocher)
9:31 USA Lamoureux (Bodychecking/Mise en échec)
12:45 CAN Spooner (Penalty/Punition)
15:49 CAN Blais (Slashing/Cingler)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
9:00 CAN Bram (Ward, Spooner)
11:00 CAN Agosta (Maschmeyer, Johnston) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :
9:47 USA M. Lamoureux (Hooking/Accrocher)
12:23 USA Bassett (Interference/Obstruction)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
17:21 CAN Fridfinsson (Irwin, Blais)

Penalties/Pénalités :
12:31 USA Bellamy (High sticking/Bâton élevé)

Overtime/Prolongatoin

Goals/Buts :
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités :
None/Aucun

Shootout/Tirs de barrage

Goals/Buts :
USA
Marvin (Miss), Parsons (Goal), Faber (Miss), Stack (Miss), Lamoureux (Goal)
CAN Wakefield (Miss), Rougeau (Miss), Spooner (Goal), Wakefield (Miss), Spooner (Miss)

 

Goaltenders CAN Liz Knox
Gardiens de but USA Molly Schaus

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p OT SO Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 7 10 8 4 - 29
Tirs au but USA 23 7 13 3 - 46

Referee/Arbitre Mélanie Bordeleau
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Joelle Champoux, Genviènve Bordeleau