2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Series vs. USA
Game #2
Final
October 25, 2017 7:30 pm EST
Agganis Arena
Boston, Mass.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
8
7
23
17
11
10
38

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
18
0 / 9
10

Game Story

CANADA’S SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE IN SERIES-TYING WIN

Wendy Graves

BOSTON – Canada scored once shorthanded and once on the man advantage, and successfully killed off nine American power play opportunities to notch a 5-1 victory and even its six-game series with the United States at one win each.

Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) led the way with two goals. Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Hockey Canada), Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Markham, CWHL) and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) also scored for Canada.

Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) was outstanding in net, turning aside 37 shots in picking up the win. The goaltender improved her record to 6-1 all-time against the U.S.

Coming off a disappointing performance and result in the opener, Canada didn’t get the start it hoped for in Game 2. Spending four of the first six minutes killing penalties, Canada couldn’t find its offensive presence.

Finally fully settled – and back at full strength – the Canadians opened the scoring seven minutes in, with Agosta driving down the boards and feeding Spooner in front.

The U.S. drew even less than four minutes later, when Emily Pfalzer scored on her own rebound.

Shorthanded, Canada retook the lead five minutes into the second period, with Fortino converting a pass from Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) on the rush.

Incredibly, it was the team’s only shot of the second until the 15-minute of the period. Over the final five of the frame, though, the team fired off six more, two of which found the back of the net to take control of the game.

On the power play, Spooner scored her second, pouncing in front on a rebound from a Meaghan Mikkelson (St. Albert, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) shot. And 1:22 later, Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Linköping HC) sent a quick pass to Agosta in the slot; Agosta rang the puck off the post and in.

Alex Rigsby relieved Natalie Hensley in the American net to start the third period.

Canada got the only goal of the third. Poulin intercepted a pass in the offensive zone and rifled a shot from the circle top shelf, short side.

After two games in four days, the series steps aside for the 2017 4 Nations Cup, Nov. 7-12 in Tampa, where Canada and the U.S. could play two more times. The series resumes on Dec. 3 in St. Paul, Minn.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Bram
Tripping (2:00)
00:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Jocelyne Larocque
Hooking (2:00)
03:38
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Meghan Agosta
07:08
GOAL
Goal: Emily Pfalzer

10:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Amy Potomak
Roughing (2:00)
14:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Meghan Duggan
Roughing (2:00)
14:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Monique Lamoureux-Morando
Interference (2:00)
18:06
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianne Jenner
Holding (2:00)
03:30
GOAL
Goal: Laura Fortino

Assists: Jillian Saulnier, Bailey Bram
04:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Renata Fast
Hooking (2:00)
06:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Blayre Turnbull
Roughing (2:00)
11:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianna Decker
Elbowing (2:00)
17:34
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner (power play)

Assists: Meaghan Mikkelson, Marie-Philip Poulin
18:23
GOAL
Goal: Meghan Agosta

Assists: Jennifer Wakefield
19:45
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Alex Rigsby

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Amy Potomak
Holding (2:00)
01:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Dani Cameranesi
Hooking (2:00)
02:11
PENALTY
Too Many Players (2:00)
04:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Kendall Coyne
Cross-Checking (2:00)
10:09
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

15:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
Body-Checking (2:00)
18:16
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Alex Rigsby

18:16

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 60 38 37 1 0.974
Nicole Hensley USA 40 16 12 4 0.750
Alex Rigsby USA 19 7 6 1 0.857

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