GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 17)
TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct
The Rivalry Series rolls on, with
Canada’s National Women’s Team and the United States visiting the Sandman Centre in Kamloops for the
second of three games this week, the last Canadian stop on this first leg
of the series.
The series opened Tuesday night in Kelowna with, as expected, a tight game
between the familiar foes. Claire Thompson and Marie-Philip Poulin erased a
two-goal deficit by scoring 62 seconds apart in the second period and Emily
Clark gave Canada its first lead early in the third, but the U.S. tied it
late and won it in a shootout,
taking a 4-3 decision
. The Canadians’ best chance to win came in overtime when Poulin was
awarded a penalty shot, but American goaltender Nicole Hensley got her toe
on the attempt.
WHAT TO WATCH
Canada had a power outage on the power play, going goalless in seven
opportunities at five-on-four. That includes 51 seconds of player-advantage
time to begin overtime. With some new personnel and a two-and-a-half-month
layoff, there’s bound to be some rust, but special teams will play an
important role in the series, so the Canadians will need to find their
Hilary Knight did Hilary Knight things in the series opener, giving the
U.S. a 2-0 lead early in the second period and opening the scoring in the
shootout. The Idaho native, who became the all-time leading scorer at the
IIHF Women’s World Championship last summer, surpassing the great Hayley
Wickenheiser, upped her all-time Team USA totals to 139 goals and 239
points in 205 international games.
WELCOME (BACK) TO KAMLOOPS
Tonight’s game marks the return of women’s hockey to Kamloops for the first
time since the Interior city hosted the 2016 IIHF Women’s World
Championship. That tournament was capped by a thriller in the gold medal
game – Alex Carpenter beat Emerance Maschmeyer at 12:30 of overtime to
give the U.S. a 1-0 win.
Of the 23 players on the Canadian roster for that women’s worlds, seven
will return for the Rivalry Series (Maschmeyer, Poulin, Emily Clark,
Brianne Jenner, Jocelyne Larocque, Jamie Lee Rattray and Blayre Turnbull).
Rebecca Johnston led Canada in scoring, recording seven points in five
games, while Maschmeyer was named Top Goaltender after posting a 1.25
goals-against average and .956 save percentage in three starts.
Poulin brought Canada even with her second-period goal in Kelowna, giving
her 94 goals and 196 points in her National Women’s Team career. That puts
the pride of Beauceville, Que., just a little closer to becoming the fourth
to score 100 goals with Team Canada (joining Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna
Hefford and Danielle Goyette) and the fifth to record 200 points, alongside
Wickenheiser, Hefford, Goyette and Caroline Ouellette.
A LOOK BACK
While Canada has the all-time edge with 95 wins in 168 games, this rivalry
is about as even as they come. Need proof? In the last 17 meetings between
the rivals, dating back to February 2020, seven 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.
All-time record: Canada leads 95-72-1 (20-18 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 461
United States goals: 408