CANADA'S WOMEN'S UNDER-18 HOCKEY TEAM BEATS U.S. 5-4 IN EXHIBITION SERIES FINALE
BLAINE, Minn. – Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Brandon, Man./Balmoral Hall, JWHL) and Karly Heffernan (St. Albert, Alta./Edge School, JWHL) each scored in the shootout as Canada's women's under-18 hockey team beat the United States 5-4 on Sunday morning.
Brykaliuk, Hannah Miller (North Vancouver, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, Midget AAA), Halli Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Man./Pursuit of Excellence, Midget AAA) and Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Man./Pembina Valley, MFMHL) each scored in regulation for Canada, which won the three-game exhibition series after taking the opener but dropping Game 2.
Canada's head coach Jim Fetter said Sunday the series victory should give Canada confidence ahead of the world championship in January in Vierumaki, Finland.
“Now the girls think they can beat the U.S. It's in their minds so they're confident,” said Fetter. “I think with the collapse we had in the third today the girls will be a little more focused now going into that game and knowing that we're going to have to play 60 minutes.”
Kimberly Newell (Burnaby, B.C./Kootenay, BCMML) made 32 saves in net for Canada, while Americans Alexis Shaw and Sidney Peters combined to stop 22 shots.
Amy Menke gave the Americans a 1-0 lead in the first period, but a goal by Brykaliuk took away the advantage at 15:39.
Miller scored the lone goal in the second, and a pair of goals by Krzyzaniak and Carels gave Canada a 4-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the third.
But the U.S. roared back with two goals by Gracen Hirschy in a two-minute span and a single from Danielle Cameranesi at 18:20 to tie the game.
“I think the girls got a little lackadaisical, a little complacent, I guess you could say,” said Fetter. “We were up 4-1 and I think that it was pretty much done and the U.S. just kept coming at us.
“They scored three goals ... but overall I think it was a great learning lesson for us and something that we can build on when we get to worlds.”
|Arena||Schwan Super Rink (National Sports Centre)||Location||Blaine, Minn.|
|Date||Fri. Aug. 17, 2012||Time||10:00 am ET|
|Goals & Penalties|
05:01 USA Amy Menke (Taylar Cianfarano, Jennifer Ryan)
15:39 CAN Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Emily Clark, Kristyn Capizzano)
01:20 CAN Hannah Miller (Catherine Dubois)
03:47 USA Sydney Daniels (Elbowing)
12:58 CAN Kristyn Capizzano (Hooking)
14:16 USA Sydney Daniels (Roughing)
14:16 CAN Hanna Bunton (Roughing)
17:10 CAN Kennedy Ottenbreit-Daunheimer (Hooking)
06:29 CAN Halli Krzyzaniak (Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Emily Clark) PP
09:50 CAN Cassidy Carels
15:07 USA Gracen Hirschy (Danielle Cameranesi)
16:51 USA Gracen Hirschy (Katherine Schipper)
18:20 USA Danielle Cameranesi (Grace Zarzecki, Jennifer Ryan)
05:23 USA Megan Wolfe (Interference)
|CAN Ashleigh Brykaliuk GOAL
CAN Karly Heffernan GOAL
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||OT||Total|