2018 Olympic Winter Games (Women)

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2018 Olympic Winter Games (Women)
Game #11
Preliminary
Final
February 14, 2018 10:10 pm EST
Kwandong Hockey Centre
Gangneung, KOR

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
12
6
5
23
14
18
13
45

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
6
0 / 3
8

Game Story

CANADA EDGES U.S., FINISHES PERFECT PRELIMS

JASON LA ROSE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) was spectacular in a 44-save performance, backstopping Canada's Women's Olympic Team to a 2-1 win over the United States in the preliminary-round finale for both Thursday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The victory is the 23rd consecutive for the Canadians at the Olympics, and the fifth in a row over the U.S.

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) and Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) provided the offence for Canada, scoring second-period goals just over seven minutes apart.

The first period was a shooting gallery, with the teams combining for 26 shots (the Americans had a 14-12 advantage). But Lacasse and American counterpart Maddie Rooney were perfect, sending the game to the intermission scoreless.

Agosta made good on a Canadian power play to get the scoring started just past the seven-minute mark of the second period, finishing a behind-the-back pass from Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) to put Canada ahead.

Nurse doubled the lead at 14:56, finding room over the short-side shoulder of Rooney with a picture-perfect shot, going just under the cross-bar for her first-ever Olympic goal.

The Americans had a chance to get one back before the end of the middle frame, but Lacasse turned away Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson on a penalty shot after a Canadian covered the puck in the crease.

The U.S. did eventually pull within one when Kendall Coyne split the defence and went five-hole on Lacasse just 23 seconds into the third period, but that would be the lone puck to beat the Canadian netminder.

The teams traded late power plays, and scoring chances, in the dying minutes, but neither could produce a goal. The Canadians had a potential insurance goal from Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) waved off, while the Americans hit the post in the final seconds.

With the win, Canada finishes perfect in the preliminary round and clinches first place in Group A. It will wait for the results of the quarter-finals on Saturday to find out its Sunday semifinal opponent.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Meghan Agosta
Body-Checking (2:00)
09:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Lee Stecklein
Interference (2:00)
18:38
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Megan Keller
Interference (2:00)
05:48
GOAL
Goal: Meghan Agosta (power play)

Assists: Natalie Spooner, Brianne Jenner
07:18
GOAL
Goal: Sarah Nurse

Assists: Jocelyne Larocque
14:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Meghan Agosta
Roughing (2:00)
17:00
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Kendall Coyne

Assists: Brianna Decker
00:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Hilary Knight
Tripping (2:00)
12:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianna Decker
Cross-Checking (2:00)
16:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Interference (2:00)
16:54

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 60 45 44 1 0.978
Maddie Rooney USA 58 23 21 2 0.913

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

Previous Games

2 - 3 L vs. United StatesUSA
Feb 21, 2018
3 - 2 W @ CanadaCAN
Feb 21, 2018
5 - 0 W vs. Olympic Athletes from RussiaOAR
Feb 19, 2018
5 - 0 W vs. FinlandFIN
Feb 18, 2018
2 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Feb 14, 2018
1 - 2 L vs. CanadaCAN
Feb 14, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Preliminary)
Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust had two goals each, sending Canada to an Olympic-opening win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – ROY 1 (League)
Daoust had 2G 1A to help Canada to the win in the Esso Series finale.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 3 – FLA 2 (League)
Rougeau and Nurse had 1G 1A each, and Canada hung on for the win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 2 – USA 1 (OT) (Exhibition)
Wakefield scored with 26 seconds to play in the series finale.
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