2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Icebreaker Tournament
Game #6
Final
September 23, 2017 5:30 pm MST
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
7
11
29
7
16
7
30

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
6
0 / 3
8

Game Story

POULIN SCORES TWICE IN THIRD, CANADA EDGES ROYALS AT ICEBREAKER

JASON LA ROSE

CALGARY, Alta. – Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) scored the game-winning goal in the third period and added insurance into an empty net in the last minute, sending Canada’s National Women’s Team to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Royals on Saturday night at the Icebreaker Tournament.

The win means the Canadians will face the Calgary Northstars in the final of the start-of-season tournament on Sunday (5 p.m. MT); the Northstars beat Canada 4-2 in the opener Thursday.

Canada jumped to an early lead thanks to Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Calgary, CWHL), who found a rebound in the crease and knocked in the 1-0 goal just 1:45 after the puck dropped.

The Royals ratcheted up their offence in the second period, peppering Canadian goaltender Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) with 16 shots, and tied the game on an Alex Danis goal at 3:22.

Lacasse was perfect from there, making 22 of her 29 saves over the final 40 minutes.

She and Royals counterpart Jack McNaughton made their best stops less than a minute apart late in the middle frame, keeping the game even heading to the third period.

The Canadians took the lead for good with 7:50 to go when Poulin hammered in a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL), who finished with two assists on the night.

Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) did the work on the third goal, carrying the puck deep before finding Poulin alone in front for the tap-in insurance goal with 32.6 seconds remaining.

Canada finished the preliminary round with a 2-1 record against Alberta Midget Hockey League competition; in addition to its win Saturday and loss to the Northstars, it topped the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Bailey Bram

Assists: Natalie Spooner
01:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Fortino
Body-Checking (2:00)
05:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Caleb Reed
Hooking (2:00)
07:35
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Bram
Hooking (2:00)
12:37
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Alex Danis

Assists: Alec Fader
03:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Andres Bridgewater
Slashing (2:00)
14:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Aiden Bangs
Tripping (2:00)
19:38
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Amy Potomak
High-Sticking (2:00)
01:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jackson Zloty
High-Sticking (2:00)
10:28
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin (power play)

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Erin Ambrose
12:10
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Mélodie Daoust
19:27
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Jack McNaughton

19:28

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 60 30 29 1 0.967
Jack McNaughton ROY 59 28 26 2 0.929

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 4 L @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Sep 24, 2017
2 - 4 L @ Calgary FlamesFLA
Sep 24, 2017
3 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Sep 23, 2017
1 - 3 L vs. CanadaCAN
Sep 23, 2017
4 - 1 W @ Calgary FlamesFLA
Sep 22, 2017
1 - 2 L @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
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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