CANADA COMES BACK TWICE TO BEAT U.S. AND CLINCH SERIES
CALGARY, Alta. – A late goal from Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) was the difference Friday as Canada’s National Women’s Development skated to a 4-3 win over the United States in the second of three games between the North American rivals.
Nurse scored the game-winner for the second time in as many games, clinching the series for the Canadians; it’s the first time since Canada has won the summer set since sweeping the U.S. in 2010.
Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./University of Minnesota, WCHA) contributed a goal and an assist, and Rebecca Leslie (Ottawa, Ont./Boston University, HE) added two helpers for the Canadians.
Stephanie Neatby (Toronto, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) and Shea Tiley (Shallow Lake, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) combined to stop 26 shots in the victory.
Coming off a Game 1 loss, the Americans responded with early pressure and captain Annie Pankowski slipped a shot through Neatby just 4:16 into the contest.
“I think [the U.S.] came out a lot harder today,” captain Halli Krzynaniak (Neepawa, Man./University of North Dakota, WCHA) said post-game. “I don’t think they were expecting us to come out Wednesday as hard as we did. So they adjusted today and it took us five or 10 minutes to get going.”
The Canadians responded just 70 seconds later when Potomak jumped on a rebound and beat American goaltender Brittany Bugalski to tie the game 1-1.
Before the midway point of the period, a strong Canadian forecheck ended up with the puck on the stick of Jade Downie-Landry (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que./University of Vermont, HE), who danced around an American defender and slipped a backhand past Bugalski.
The United States took over for most of the second period, racking up 15 shots. Gracen Hirschy erased the Canadian lead just over five minutes into the middle frame, and Alex Woken wired a wrist shot by Neatby gave the Americans a 3-2 lead four minutes after that.
But Canada would pull even before the end of the period; off a scrambled face-off, Nurse drove to the net and Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin,WCHA) knocked in a loose puck to send the game to the second intermission tied 3-3.
“I think it shows great character from our girls,” head coach Noemie Marin said of her team erasing a pair of American leads. “I felt it in the locker room between the second and the third that the girls wanted to come out and play strong. They did.”
In the third, Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont./Boston University, HE) streaked into the American zone before finding Nurse, who whipped a quick shot over the blocker of Bugalski from the slot for the winner.
With one game left, Marin said her team needs to be ready for a pushback from the Americans.
“We shouldn’t change anything. We should expect them to come hard at us tomorrow,” she said.
The series finishes Saturday at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, with the puck set to drop at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
|Arena||Markin MacPhail Centre – Arena A||Location||Calgary, Alta.|
|Date||Friday, August 19, 2016||Time||4 p.m. MT|
|Goals & Penalties|
04:16 USA Annie Pankowski (Taylar Cianfarano)
05:26 CAN Sarah Potomak (Rebecca Leslie, Halli Krzyzaniak)
08:13 CAN Jade Downie-Landry (Rebecca Leslie, Sarah Potomak)
08:54 CAN Micah Hart (Boarding)
11:24 USA Gracen Hirschy (Holding)
14:17 USA Sydney Baldwin (Body-checking)
05:09 USA Gracen Hirschy (Makenna Newkirk, Kelly Pannek)
09:08 USA Alex Woken (Annie Pankowski, Megan Keller)
19:39 CAN Emily Clark (Sarah Nurse)
17:17 CAN Kaitlin Tse (Holding)
11:59 CAN Sarah Nurse (Victoria Bach, Micah Hart)
02:03 CAN Christina Putigna (Cross-checking)
06:47 USA Megan Keller (Check to the Head)
14:47 CAN Emily Clark (Body-checking)
|CAN||Stephanie Neatby; Shea Tiley (2nd/09:41)|
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|