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Capital City Recap: Saturday, November 27

Matthew Wood registered three points and Jackson Unger made 22 saves as Canada Red shut out Canada’s National Women’s Team

November 27, 2021

OTTAWA, Ont. – In the only game on the schedule Saturday at the 2021 Capital City Challenge, Team Canada Red prevailed over Canada’s National Women’s Team to pick up its first win of the tournament at TD Place Arena.

Team Canada Red improved to 1-1 as Jackson Unger (Calgary, Alta./Edge School, CSSHL) posted a 22-save shutout and Matthew Wood (Nanaimo, B.C./Victoria, BCHL) turned in a three-point performance with a goal and two assists. National Women’s Team goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.) turned aside 36 shots, while the team’s penalty kill went two-for-three on the night.

“The fact that we are playing a small piece in preparing [the National Women’s Team] for competition at the Olympics is special. I have young daughters, and this is a big deal for me having a young player that aspires to be in their position one day. It was really neat to be a part of, and for our players it is such a unique opportunity. We had to adjust our game to some degree in regards to the physicality, but I thought we were outplayed in that area of the game. If our players did not already have a great amount of respect for the women’s team, they certainly do now.”
- Canada Red head coach Kris Mallette (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) on playing Canada's National Women’s Team

“I am starting to feel more confident. I feel like I am getting into a good rhythm and have been able to shake off a bit of the nerves of playing in a big tournament like this, and I hope I can continue to build off my goal tonight as we move forward. It is pretty cool to be able to play against a team that will be playing in Olympics. Everyone in Canada knows Marie-Philip Poulin, so it was a fun experience to be able to play against players like that.”
- Canada Red forward Harrison Lodewyk (Red Deer, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) on gaining confidence and playing against Olympic hopefuls

“It was a different start to the year having a world championship in August, but getting the Rivalry Series under our belts is an important part of the process. We have also played some games against Junior A teams, which allows us to play more defensive hockey, and then these games against the U17 teams are another great opportunity for us. The size and the speed of these players takes us out of our comfort zone a little bit and gives us another chance to defend more. The key to it all when it is all said and done is going to be the mix of experience we are getting, and merging everything we have learned about our opposition as well as ourselves.”
- National Women’s Team head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on the unique season schedule

Team Canada Black 1-0-0-0 | 7GF 2GA | 3 points
Team Canada White 1-0-0-0 | 7GF 3GA | 3 points
Team Canada Red 1-0-0-1 | 9GF 7GA | 3 points
National Women’s Team 0-0-0-2 | 3GF 14GA | 0 points

Matthew Wood (Red) 1G 2A 3P
Mathieu Cataford (White) 1G 2A 3P
Ethan Gauthier (White) 0G 3A 3P
Brayden Yager (Red) 2G 0A 2P
Marie-Philip Poulin (NWT) 2G 0A 2P

Jackson Unger (Red) 1-0 / 0.00 GAA / 1.000 SV%
Mason Vaccari (Black) 1-0 / 2.00 GAA / .933 SV%
Nathaniel Day (White) 1-0 / 3.00 GAA / .842 SV%
Kyle Hagen (Red) 0-1 / 7.00 GAA / .781 SV%
Kristen Campbell (NWT) 0-1 / 7.00 GAA / .854 SV%
Emerance Maschmeyer (NWT) 0-1 / 7.00 GAA / .837 SV%

Team Canada Red vs. Team Canada White (2:30 p.m. ET) – STATISTICS | LIVESTREAM
Team Canada Black vs. National Women’s Team (7 p.m. ET) – STATISTICS | LIVESTREAM

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