Canada 3 - United States 2 (SO)

Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in shootout; Wakefield scores winner, but Wickenheiser leaves early

by Andrew Podnieks, IIHF.com

OTTAWA, Ont. – Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) scored the decisive goal of the shootout to give Canada a 3-2 win in a tense game which saw the Americans grab an early 2-0 lead, only to see Canada rally late in the third.

The victory was tempered by Canada's captain, Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, Sask./University of Calgary, CIS), leaving the game early in the second period. She had missed the Canadian Interuniversity Sport finals in Toronto a couple of weeks ago with an injury, but there are no indications yet whether this is the same problem or something new.

Monique Lamoureux and Brianna Decker were the goal-scorers for the U.S., while Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and Catherine Ward (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL) scored for Canada in regulation. Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) for Canada and Hilary Knight also scored in the shootout, which ended after four rounds of shooters.

Canada continues Wednesday night with a game against Switzerland, while the United States plays Finland earlier in the day.

“We wanted to start with a good level of intensity, be physical, get the momentum, but it didn't work out like that,” Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL) said. "Still, we battled in the third. That was our best period. We crashed the net, had several chances. I think we have to build from that and play three periods like we played in the third."

The Americans had the only two goals and the only two power plays of a nervous opening period. Lamoureux opened the scoring at 4:05 with the extra man. From the stick side of the Canadian crease, the right-hand shot lifted the puck over the shoulder of Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, ACAC).

Then, with just 66 seconds left in the period they made it 2-0 off a giveaway at their own blue line. Amanda Kessel was stopped off the rush, but Decker followed up on the play and scored on her own rebound after being left unchecked in Szabados’s crease.

The goals deflated the Canadians as teams headed to the dressing room, but they were skating better than a year ago when they were badly beaten in the opening game. The difference was the U.S. ability to get in the way of shots and passes, blocking any advance that might have been dangerous.

Canada started the second with better legs and greater intensity, and the team was rewarded with two quick power plays that resulted in a five-on-three for 1:10.

The Americans killed the situation off expertly and the Canadians misfired with several decent chances, not forcing Vetter to make any difficult saves.

Wickenheiser skated off the ice about seven minutes into the period and went straight to the dressing room and did not return.

“She’s a great player, but I feel we collectively took on her role and picked up the slack," Wakefield said. "We’re expecting her to return, which will be good." 

Midway through the period, Canada earned another power play but failed to capitalize, and as Kacey Bellamy came out of the box she took a breakaway pass and skated in alone, only to be stopped cold by Szabados.

Twice later in the period, Canada drew another penalty, and twice they negated these opportunities soon after by taking a penalty of their own.

“The refs started to call things a little more in the second, but that’s what you get when two teams play physically," Lamoureux suggested. "We probably have to clean it up a bit."

The Canadians dominated the first half of the final period and were rewarded off a turnover at the U.S. blue line. Johnston snapped a loose puck over a fallen Jesse Vetter, off a mad scramble at 11:13 to make it a 2-1 game.

The rest of the period was all Canada, and with 1:47 to go the home side tied the game. A long shot from Sarah Vaillancourt (Sherbooke, Que./Montreal, CWHL) got to the goal, but trickled out the back side, and Ward had a wide open net to work with. She didn't miss, and the game went to extra time.

"We wanted to take the body a bit more in the second and keep them on their heels," Wakefield added. "We didn’t give them many scoring opportunities in the third, and we capitalized on ours."


THE MOMENT: United States @ Canada – Tuesday, April 2

by Sarah Forgrave                                                                                            

OTTAWA, Ont. - In a game where Dean Brody couldn’t have written a better ending to their song, the “Canadian Girls” overcame an early two-goal deficit to defeat the Americans 3-2 in shootout action at SBP Arena Tuesday evening.

The “moment” came midway through the third period when Canada’s Rebecca Johnston was able to get one past U.S.  netminder Jessie Vetter at 11:13, following a scramble in the crease.

A key shift in momentum saw Canada continue to pressure late into the third to be rewarded with a tying goal by Catherine Ward coming with just 1:47 remaining in the game. Ward’s goal would ultimately send the game to overtime.

After a four-on-four overtime period, the score remained tied and the game was to be decided by shootout. Canada’s Jennifer Wakefield would seal the American’s fate, as she went to the backhand over a sprawling Vetter to complete the comeback.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 4 Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna SBP Arena
Location/Lieu Ottawa, Ont.
Date Tue. Apr. 2, 2013
Time/Heure 7:30 p.m. ET

 

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Box Score/Compte

1 2 3 OT SO Total
CAN

0

0

2

0

1

3

USA

2

0

0

0

0

2

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités

First Period
Goals/Buts :
04:05 USA Monique Lamoureux (Jocelyn Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin) PP/AN
18:54 USA Brianna Decker (Amanda Kessel, Alex Carpenter)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
03:09 CAN Caroline Ouellette (Body-checking/Mise en échec corporelle)
09:35 CAN Jennifer Wakefield (Tripping/Faire trébucher)

Second Period
Goals/Buts :
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénaltés :
04:33 USA Hilary Knight (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
05:23 USA Jocelyn Lamoureux (Interference/Obstruction)
08:53 USA Kacey Bellamy (Body-checking/Mise en échec corporelle)
12:34 USA Monique Lamoureux (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
12:57 CAN Catherine Ward (Holding/Retenir)
19:19 USA Meghan Duggan (Body-checking/Mise en échec corporelle)
19:44 CAN Marie-Philip Poulin (Hooking/Accrocher)
Third Period
Goals/Buts :
11:13 CAN Rebecca Johnston (Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield)
18:13 CAN Catherine Ward (Haley Irwin, Sarah Vaillancourt)

Penalties/Pénaltés :
01:14 USA Anne Schleper (Hooking/Accrocher)
08:21 CAN Gillian Apps (Body-checking/Mise en échec corporelle)

Overtime
Goals/Buts :
None/Aucune

Penalties/Pénaltés :
None/Aucune

Shootout
USA Hilary Knight GOAL/BUT
CAN Jayna Hefford NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
USA Monique Lamoureux NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Meghan Agosta-Marciano GOAL/BUT
USA Brianna Decker NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Sarah Vaillancourt NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Jennifer Wakefield GOAL/BUT
USA Hilary Knight NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT

 

Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but

CAN Shannon Szabados
USA Jessie Vetter

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but

1 2 3 OT SO Total
CAN

5

6

15

0

1

27

USA

13

6

5

5

0

29

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