2018-19 National Women's Team

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2018 4 Nations Cup
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
November 7, 2018 7:00 pm CST
Sasktel Centre
Saskatoon, Sask.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
16
9
8
33
4
10
10
24

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 3
14
0 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA EDGED BY U.S. IN 4 NATIONS PRELIMS

ALI WILSON

SASKATOON, Sask. – Loren Gabel (Kitchener, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) tied the game early in the third period for her first goal with Canada’s National Women’s Team, but a late winner left the Canadians with a 2-1 loss to the United States in preliminary-round play Wednesday at the 2018 4 Nations Cup.

The game marked the first meeting between the teams since the Olympic gold medal game nine months ago, and while the result wasn’t what Canada wanted, its young roster proved it could handle the biggest rivalry in women’s hockey.

The U.S. came out fast, and Hannah Brandt chipped an early goal past Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Buffalo, NWHL) just 78 seconds in for a quick 1-0 lead.

But Szabados was flawless the rest of the way in the first period, making 15 saves as Canada found itself outshot 16-4.

The Canadians picked up the pace in the second, with the veterans leading the charge; shots in the middle frame favoured the red-and-white 10-9, but U.S. netminder Alex Rigsby kept the Americans up by one.

After an early power play in the third period failed to produce the tying goal, an all-Ontario line finally got Canada even; Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Markham, CWHL) was stopped on a two-on-one but Kristin O’Neill (Oakville, Ont./Cornell University, ECAC) threw the puck into the slot for Gabel, who banged in the 1-1 goal at 3:30.

Another Canada-U.S. match-up seemed destined for overtime, but the rebound of a Brianna Decker shot went off the body of Sydney Brodt and in to give the Americans a lead they would not relinquish.

Both goaltenders were terrific – Szabados finished with 31 saves, while Rigsby made 23 stops.

Canada will close out the preliminary round Friday night against Finland (7:30 p.m. CT), while the Americans will take on Sweden in their finale (3 p.m. CT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Hannah Brandt

Assists: Hilary Knight, Dani Cameranesi
01:18
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Rebecca Johnston)
Too Many Players (2:00)
11:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Sarah Nurse
Tripping (2:00)
16:16
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Emily Pfalzer
Tripping (2:00)
19:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Loren Gabel

Assists: Kristin O’Neill, Jamie Lee Rattray
03:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Kacey Bellamy (Served by Mikaela Gardner)
Checking from Behind (2:00)
10:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Kacey Bellamy
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
10:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Halli Krzyzaniak
Body-Checking (2:00)
14:36
GOAL
Goal: Sydney Brodt

Assists: Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker
18:22

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Alex Rigsby USA 60 24 23 1 0.958
Shannon Szabados CAN 58 33 31 2 0.939

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

5 - 2 W vs. CanadaCAN
Nov 10, 2018
2 - 5 L @ United StatesUSA
Nov 10, 2018
5 - 1 W vs. SwedenSWE
Nov 9, 2018
3 - 0 W vs. FinlandFIN
Nov 9, 2018
2 - 1 W @ CanadaCAN
Nov 7, 2018
1 - 2 L vs. United StatesUSA
Nov 7, 2018
Videos
Photos
2019 WWC: CAN 7 – RUS 0 (Bronze Medal)
Gabel scored twice to keep Canada on the podium at women’s worlds.
2019 WWC: FIN 4 – CAN 2 (Semifinal)
Rattray and Gabel scored, but Canada was edged by the host Finns.
2019 WWC: CAN 5 – GER 0 (Quarter-Final)
Turnbull opened and closed the scoring to send Canada to the semis.
2019 WWC: CAN 6 – FIN 1 (Preliminary)
Gabel scored twice and added an assist to help Canada beat the Finns.