2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Series vs. USA
Game #1
Final
October 22, 2017 2:00 pm EST
Centre Videotron
Québec, Que.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
0
1
2
2
3
0
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
7
8
25
14
8
2
24

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
6
2 / 3
4

Game Story

CANADA DROPS SERIES OPENER TO AMERICANS

WENDY GRAVES

QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Hockey Canada) and Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) scored, but Canada’s National Women’s Team fell 5-2 to the United States on Sunday in the first of six pre-Olympic exhibition games between the rivals.

Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) took the loss in net.

Canada looked to have opened the scoring six minutes in; Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) drove down the boards and behind the U.S. net before passing out front. With the puck going in off the skate of the trailing Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Calgary, CWHL), the goal was waved off.

Instead, it was the U.S. getting on the board first. On the power play, Megan Bozek hit the post from the point, and Hilary Knight deposited in the rebound from the doorstep.

Minutes after the Canadians couldn’t convert of their first power play opportunity, the U.S. doubled its lead with another rebound, this one by Brianna Decker.

Canada broke through late in the first. Agosta broke free on a breakaway, and after goaltender Maddie Rooney slipped coming out to challenge, the forward scored into an empty net. Agosta now has 20 goals against the United States, most of anyone on Canada’s 28-player centralization roster.

The U.S. took control of the game with a three-goal second period.

Annie Pankowski tipped in Alex Carpenter’s centering pass only 1:12 into the period. A poor cross-ice pass by the Canadians was intercepted and led to Carpenter scoring shorthanded off a centering pass from Emily Pfalzer. Decker then scored her second goal of the game, a one-timer seconds into a power play.

Canada struggled to create offence of its own during the middle frame. Its first shot didn’t come until nine minutes in, on the power play.

The only goal of the third period came on a nice passing play by the Canadians, and Saulnier’s backhand finish off a behind-the-net feed from Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./Calgary, CWHL).

The teams face off again Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT) in Boston.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Emily Clark
Slashing (2:00)
07:42
GOAL
Goal: Hilary Knight (power play)

Assists: Megan Bozek, Brianna Decker
09:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Meghan Duggan
Tripping (2:00)
11:38
GOAL
Goal: Brianna Decker

Assists: Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Meghan Duggan
16:00
GOAL
Goal: Meghan Agosta

17:31
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Annie Pankowski

Assists: Alex Carpenter
01:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
Tripping (2:00)
05:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Kacey Bellamy
Interference (2:00)
08:44
GOAL
Goal: Alex Carpenter

Assists: Emily Pfalzer
10:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Erin Ambrose
Interference (2:00)
16:14
GOAL
Goal: Brianna Decker (power play)

Assists: Kendall Coyne, Megan Bozek
16:22
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jillian Saulnier

Assists: Brianne Jenner, Brigette Lacquette
12:53

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 60 24 19 5 0.792
Maddie Rooney USA 60 25 23 2 0.920

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

5 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Oct 25, 2017
1 - 5 L vs. CanadaCAN
Oct 25, 2017
2 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Oct 22, 2017
5 - 2 W vs. CanadaCAN
Oct 22, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017 4NC: CAN 1 – USA 5 (Gold medal game)
Meghan Agosta cut the lead in half, but USA overcame Canada 5-1.
2017 4NC: CAN 4 – FIN 0 (Preliminary)
Marie-Philip Poulin scored once and added an assist, and Canada booked its spot in the final.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – BUF 3 (Exhibition)
Meghan Agosta had two of the four goals in 6:38, and Canada battled back to beat the Buffaloes.
2017-18 NWT: USA 5 – CAN 2 (Exhibition)
Canada dropped Game 1 of its six-game pre-Olympic series with the U.S.
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