- The superpowers of women’s hockey rounded off Tuesday in front of a sea of red-and-white-clad spectators in the same arena.
- Where the international game began with the first world championships in 1990
With a 2-0 victory at TD Place, the United States took the upper hand in the intense pre-Olympics Rivalry Series against Canada.
The victory, combined with Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory in Kingston, allowed the United States to sweep the most recent back-to-back series. The previous four meetings between the teams had all been won by Canada. However, the difference between the teams is usually less than the width of the goal line, and this game was nothing like that. The final shot count was 26-20 in Canada’s favor.
It changed in the second period when the Americans took advantage of Canada’s parade to the penalty box. Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel scored on the power play to break open a scoreless tie. Canada pressed hard late in the game, outshooting the Americans 14-5 in the third period, but American goaltender Maddie Rooney was outstanding in preserving the shutout.
“The special teams’ battle is always huge in our games against the United States,” said Canadian winger Brianne Jenner. “We got ourselves into some penalty trouble tonight, with some poorly timed penalties that they made us pay for.” That, I believe, will be a future focus of ours. We need to find a solution, you know (a goal). We had enough chances to get back into the game.”
The sold-out crowd of 8,385 made for a festive atmosphere, with many people wearing Hockey Canada jerseys. In addition, hundreds of young players wore their league jerseys and proudly waved white Hockey Canada posters.
“It never gets old,” Jaime Bourbannais, a 23-year-old Canadian defenseman, said before the puck dropped Tuesday. “Our rivalry with the United States is fierce. We’re both talented groups. We’re almost there. You never know what will make a difference. Almost every time, the margins are razor-thin.”
Source: Ottawasun News