2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Icebreaker Tournament
Game #1
Final
September 21, 2017 5:00 pm MST
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
9
10
25
5
14
6
25

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 1
4
1 / 2
2

Game Story

CANADA STAYS CLOSE, BUT DROPS ICEBREAKER OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

CALGARY, Alta. – Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.) and Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) scored to twice get Canada’s National Women’s Team within a goal, but it fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Northstars to open the Icebreaker Tournament on Thursday night.

The game was the first for Team Canada as it works towards the 2018 Olympic Winter Games next February.

The teams combined for just 11 shots in the first period, but it was the Northstars who found the scoreboard first; with time running out in an early power play, Klano Robinson took a pass in the high slot and snapped a quick shot past the blocker of goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta.) for a 1-0 lead after one period.

Cam MacAdam doubled the advantage seven minutes into the second, knocking in a cross-crease feed from Luke Spadafora, but Daoust answered just over six minutes later, trailing the play and taking a pass from Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) before tucking a backhand around Calgary netminder Sam Smith.

The Northstars struck for a back-breaking goal very late in the middle frame; Spencer Weinkauf beat Szabados for the eventual game-winner with just 24.2 seconds to go, putting the Midget side up 3-1.

Spooner got one back for the Canadians early in the third period, finding a loose puck off a scramble in front and beating Smith, but that would be as close as the ladies in red and white would get.

Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont.), who replaced Szabados to start the final stanza, went to the bench for an extra attacker with more than two-and-a-half minutes to go, but A.J. Belanger found the empty net at 18:23 to provide the Northstars with a little more breathing room.

Canada finished with a 25-24 advantage in shots on goal.

The Canadians are back on the ice Friday for the second of three preliminary-round games against AMHL competition at the season-opening tournament, taking on the Calgary Flames (5 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Meaghan Mikkelson
Hooking (2:00)
05:39
GOAL
Goal: Kiano Robinson (power play)

Assists: Riker Franczak, Matt Dyck
07:30
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Cam MacAdam

Assists: Luke Spadafora, Riker Franczak
06:59
PENALTY
Penalty: A.J. Belanger
Hooking (2:00)
09:30
GOAL
Goal: Mélodie Daoust

Assists: Meghan Agosta, Blayre Turnbull
13:05
GOAL
Goal: Spencer Weinkauf

Assists: Nicholas Porterfield, Zac Yewchuk
19:35
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Geneviève Lacasse

00:00
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Jennifer Wakefield
03:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Renata Fast
Delay of Game (2:00)
05:48
GOAL
Goal: A.J. Belanger

18:23
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Geneviève Lacasse

18:24

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Shannon Szabados CAN 40 19 16 3 0.842
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 18 5 5 0 1.000
Sam Smith NOR 60 25 23 2 0.920

Game Leaders

GA 3 - SVS - 16 - SV% - 0.842
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 4 L @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Sep 24, 2017
4 - 0 W vs. CanadaCAN
Sep 24, 2017
3 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Sep 23, 2017
6 - 3 W @ Calgary FlamesFLA
Sep 23, 2017
4 - 1 W @ Calgary FlamesFLA
Sep 22, 2017
2 - 1 W vs. Calgary RoyalsROY
Sep 22, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017-18 NWT: CAN 9 – AIR 1 (Exhibition)
Saulnier and Johnston had 2G each to help Canada win its Esso opener.
2017-18 NWT: NOR 4 – CAN 0 (Icebreaker)
Lacasse made 22 saves, but Canada was blanked in the tournament final.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 3 – ROY 1 (Icebreaker)
Poulin scored twice in the third period to send Canada to the win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – FLA 1 (Icebreaker)
Saulnier got the GWG to lead Canada to its first Icebreaker victory.
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