Three U.S. power play goals lifted them over the Canadian national women’s hockey team 5-1 to take the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup.
Down by just one goal and less than five minutes to play, the U.S. capitalized on three Canadian penalties to beat Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL).
“I thought we definitely had a good first period, but we had numerous chances we didn’t capitalize on,” said Canadian head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont.). “Unfortunately, it was really the last five minutes of the third where we weren’t disciplined that ended up costing us; the final score wasn’t indicative of how the game was played.”
Lacasse also had a strong first period in net for Canada. She stopped Kendall Coyne who skated in on a breakaway three minutes into the first period.
The rivals skated into the second period locked 0-0. Then U.S. forward Hannah Brandt broke the game open. With 4:54 remaining in the middle frame, her wrist slot from the shot found the back of net. Just over one minute later Amanda Kessel fired a shot from the top of the circles and Brandt grabbed the rebound at the side of the net lifting it over the blocker of a sprawled out Lacasse for her second goal of the game.
“Our team got going in the second period a little bit, just moving our feet, so it was important to finally capitalize as Maddie Rooney was keeping us in the game back there, just to kind of reward her for how well she playing,” said Brandt.
Canada answered back midway through the third period with their own power play marker. Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Hockey Canada) received a beautiful feed from Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man./Calgary, CWHL) across the ice to where she was waiting patiently in the slot and rifled it past U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney to make it a 2-1 game.
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Great team win at four nations cup yesterday, thank you to everyone that came out! us #TheTimeIsNow #uswntroadtopyeongchang #lilybrandt pic.twitter.com/z0kQ5T69xQ
The U.S. power play then kicked into action with Hilary Knight putting home a rebound after two U.S. attempts on net. With 1:07 left on the clock, Emily Pfalzer set up Kessel who took a one timer that put the U.S. up 4-1. Coyne added to that damage with just 17 seconds left in the game. Skating down the right side of the ice unattended, she snuck the puck backhanded over the shoulder of Lacasse.
“Obviously today in the first period we had a lot of chances. We could have buried some early on and taken that game over and we didn’t so I think moving forward we have got to capitalize on more of our opportunities and the game could be a lot different,” said Canadian forward Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL).
Both squads will resume with their centralization schedules as they prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. and Canada will meet gain in Minneapolis on Dec. 21, San Jose on Dec. 15 and Edmonton on Dec. 17.Back to Top
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