BUFFALO, NY - Canada's National Women's Team was defeated 4 -1 by USA in Buffalo, New York. After a scoreless first period, the two teams each tallied a goal in the second period, as Nancy Drolet opened the scoring with a powerplay goal. USA answered with their own powerplay goal as Brandi Fisher scored.
USA scored three times in the final period to secure the 4-1 victory. Karin Bye, Melissa Heitzmann and Tricia Dunn, in an empty net, closed out the scoring for the Americans. Marie-France Morin stopped 32 of the 34 shots she faced for Canada. Erin Whitten, of the USA, made 20 saves.
On February 4th, Canada and USA hook up again for the TSN Challenge at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON during the NHL All-Star Weekend. Game time is 7:30 pm (ET). Media accreditation for the TSN Challenge or the NHL All-Star Weekend will be required for media. Media accreditation forms must be received by the CHA prior to February 1st at 5 pm (ET). For a form, contact the CHA at 403-777-4552. Tickets for the TSN Challenge are still available through all TICKETMASTER outlets or by calling 416-872-5000.
Both teams continue to prepare for the 2000 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship which will be held in Mississauga, Ontario from April 3-9, 2000. Tickets are currently on sale at all TICKETMASTER outlets or by calling 416-872-5000. The 2000 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship will serve as the qualifying event for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.