POULIN SCORES LATE TO GIVE RED WIN IN FALL FESTIVAL OPENER
CALGARY, Alta. – Even in an intrasquad game Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Boston University, HE) has a flair for the dramatic.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist and 2014 overtime hero scored with 49 seconds left in the third period to give Red a 2-1 win over Black in the opening game of Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival on Wednesday night.
Poulin’s shot from just inside the blue-line cleanly beat Kimberly Newell (Burnaby, B.C./Princeton University, ECAC) high to the blocker side, giving Red the come-from-behind victory to open camp.
Samantha Sutherland (Cochrane, Alta./Boston University, HE) also scored for Red, while Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Calgary, CWHL) had the lone goal for Black.
After a day of off-ice testing and media and two days of practices, both teams were still in the getting-to-know you stage with their linemates, as neither side seemed entirely in sync through the opening 20 minutes.
After a series of near-miss passes, Black opened the scoring on the transition 8:20 in, when Meghan Dufault (Winnipeg, Man./University of North Dakota, WCHA) sent a pass from the side boards to the top of the crease, where Bram beat Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Boston, CWHL) low to the stick side.
Red struggled to build any momentum of its own, taking until the 8:59 mark of the period to register its first shot on goal. However, it came out of the first intermission with more intensity, dictating play more but still unable to solve Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA).
Just shy of the halfway point of the second period, both teams made a goalie change, with Newell replacing Desbiens for Black and Erica Howe (Orleans, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) taking over for Lacasse for Red.
Red took only 24 seconds to welcome Newell to the crease, with Sutherland beating the still-cold netminder from in close to tie the game 1-1.
Lacasse and Howe combined to make 17 saves in the win. Desbiens and Newell stopped 15 shots in the loss.
Intrasquad games continue Thursday night, with Red taking on White. Puck drop is 7 p.m. MT at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.