Yellow 2 - Blue 3 (OT)
|FORTINO FINDS THE NET IN OT, BLUE WINS INTERSQUAD SERIES|
Rockland, Ont. – Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont.) accepted the puck from teammate Isabel Ménard (Ottawa, Ont.), skated down the ice with ease and shot high into the back of the net – all within 30 seconds of OT – to help Blue to a 3-2 win Tuesday at the Canadian International Hockey Academy.
The second win for her team at Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team training camp means that Blue also comes out on top in the three-game intersquad series, which saw Yellow beat Blue 3-2 in a shootout and Blue pummel Yellow 5-2 in the first two matchups.
Perhaps the outcome of the third and final game was foreshadowed in the first period, when Ménard opened the scoring with a minute and a half into the game, off a Kelly Babstock (Port Credit, Ont.) assist.
Yellow worked hard to keep the score close, with Christine Bestland (Brunkild, Man.) evening it up at 14:23 in the period to make it 1-1 at intermission, and continued to fight for the puck in the second. After several nice plays and shots from Yellow, Shelby Bram (Ste. Anne, Man.) helped her team earn the 2-1 edge on a goal just four minutes into the period.
Yellow was able to hold Blue at bay until the buzzer sounded on the second, but Blue came out of the dressing room in the third with a fire lit under their skates, pushing Yellow to the brink in every little battle on the ice. Yellow pulled out all the stops to maintain the lead, but a penalty late in the game left the team short a player, and Blue wasn't about to let that opportunity go to waste.
With just a minute left on the clock in regulation time, Fortino fed Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.), who sent the puck flying past the Yellow goal line and sent it into overtime. Fortino followed up on Daoust's goal with one of her own in the fourth frame, sealing the win – and the intersquad series for Blue.
Following the camp, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team's coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players with their club teams during the 2011-12 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2012 MLP Cup next January in Füssen, Germany. Canada has won this international tournament eight times in nine years, losing just two games.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Event/Événement||Selection Camp||Location/Emplacement||Rockland, Ont.|
|Date||Tues. Aug. 16, 2011||Arena/Aréna||CDN Int'l Hockey Academy 2|
|Time/Heure||10:00 am ET||Attendance/Assistance||-,---|
|Round/Ronde||Intersquad||Game #/No du match||03|
|Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
|Third Period/Troisième période|
00:30 Laura Fortino (Isabel Ménard, Carolyne Prévost) PP/AN
|Gardiennes de but||BLU||Roxanne Douville|
|Shots on Goal||Team||1 p||2 p||3 p||Ttl|
|Shots on Goal||YEL||-||-||-||-|
|Tirs au but||BLU||-||-||-||-|
|Linesmen/Juges des lignes||---|