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Canada’s National Women’s Team scored three goals in the third period and held on to defeat a team of
PWHPA all-stars 3-2 Thursday night at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada
• Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.)
scored the game-winning goal with 51.4 seconds left.
• Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)
finished with a goal and two assists.
• Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.)
• Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)
added a pair of assists.
• Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.)
turned aside 21 of the 24 shots she faced.
• Canada outshot the PWHPA 56-24.
Canada vs. PWHPA All-Stars – Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
“We possessed the puck a lot in the game, but because of that extended
possession time we probably got away from some of our habits. We made the
extra play a little too often, but I thought the PWHPA gave us what we
needed at this point. A little bit of adversity and they were aggressive; I
just would like to see us bury a team when we have that much possession. I
thought when we came out in the third, we came out with more attitude and
just played the way we want to play.”
- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on his assessment of the game
“There’s a lot of familiar faces and a lot of incredible players on the ice
tonight and some of our best friends are on the other side. At this point
in the process, we have to use every game to prepare for the Olympics and
whether we’re friends with the people in the other jerseys or not, we have
to go to battle and play how we’re going to play against any team on any
day. It’s difficult and different to change the mindset sometimes, but it’s
just part of what we do.”
- Clark on the competition level against the PWHPA
“I knew [the PWHPA] would come out hard; they wanted to give us a good game
and that’s what they did. They came out really aggressive and they are a
skilled team, but for us it was getting our feet under us and make the
simple plays. I think we got away from that a bit, but we just have to keep
at it and get more shots on net when we can.”
- Johnston on still needing to make adjustments
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