2022 nwt rivalry series can usa matchup

Rivalry Series Preview: Canada vs. United States

Tuesday, November 15 | 7 p.m. PT | Kelowna, British Columbia | Game 1

Jason La Rose
November 15, 2022


TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

Rivalry renewed! Canada’s National Women’s Team drops the puck on the 2022-23 edition of the Rivalry Series on home ice, welcoming the United States to Prospera Place on Tuesday night.


Canada clinched its 12th world title in the gold medal game at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship in early September, getting a pair of goals from Brianne Jenner just 1:23 apart in the second period to earn a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Americans in Herning, Denmark. The game was a defensive struggle, with the teams combining for just 40 shots on goal (21-19 in favour of the U.S.). Ann-Renée Desbiens made 20 saves to record the win.


After a decorated college career, Élizabeth Giguère is set to make her Team Canada debut. The Quebec City native is one of the top scorers in NCAA history, posting 295 points (121-174—295) in 177 games with Clarkson University and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Giguère was a three-time All-American, won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the best player in women’s college hockey and helped Clarkson to a national title as a freshman. She has two previous international experiences; she won silver at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, and silver with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2017 Nations Cup.

While Giguère will be the lone debutant for Canada, the U.S. will ice a rookie-laden roster – six players (Riley Brengman, Becca Gilmore, Kelsey King, Maureen Murphy, Gabby Rosenthal and Haley Winn) will all make their national team debuts in Kelowna.


After Ontario, no Canadian province has hosted more editions of the Canada-U.S. rivalry than British Columbia, which will welcome its 15th such game on Tuesday. Kelowna becomes the fifth B.C. community to host a game, joining Kamloops (where the series will stop on Thursday), Richmond, Vancouver, Victoria.

Canada has an 8-6 edge over the U.S. in the first 14, with each holding a big-game victory – Canada blanked the Americans 2-0 in the gold medal game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and the U.S. returned the favour with a 1-0 overtime win in the final at the 2016 women’s worlds in Kamloops.


After reaching 100 career assists during the women’s worlds, Marie-Philip Poulin has two more milestones in sight. Captain Canada is just seven goals away from becoming the fourth to score 100 with Team Canada (joining Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Danielle Goyette) and needs just five points for 200 (which would put her alongside Wickenheiser, Hefford, Goyette and Caroline Ouellette).


While Canada has the all-time edge with 95 wins in 167 games, this rivalry is about as even as they come. Need proof? In the last 16 meetings between the rivals, dating back to February 2020, six of those games have needed overtime (Canada has won four, with Poulin getting the game-winning goal in three of them) and three others have been one-goal finishes.

Since the Rivalry Series debuted in February 2018, the 14 games have been split right down the middle with seven wins apiece, although the Americans have won five of the seven on Canadian ice.

All-time record: Canada leads 95-71-1 (20-17 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 458
United States goals: 404

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

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Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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