Ottawa, ON – Team Canada vs USA, one of the biggest hockey rivalries in hockey resumed tonight during day one action at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Worlds at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
The American’s struck first just 4:05 into the game on a power-play goal by Monique Lamoureux (Jocelyne Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin). They added a second goal late in the first period by Brianna Decker (Amanda Kessel, Alex Carpenter) 18:45, taking a 2-0 lead into first intermission. Team Canada had plenty of opportunity to score with 5 power-plays in the second period and another in the third but it was even strength with 9:47 left in the game Canada final got on the board on with a goal by Rebecca Johnston (Sarah Vaillancourt, Jennifer Wakefield) and Canada kept up the pressure resulting in a game tying goal by Catherine Ward (Haley Irwin , Sarah Vaillancourt) with just 1:47 in the game, leaving the Canadian crowd wondering where was this team the rest of the game.
The two teams had 5 minutes of overtime that solved nothing resulting in a shootout. Team USA’s Hilary Knight was the first shooter and put it passed team Canada’s goalie, Shannon Szabados. Canada’s Meghan Agosta-Marciano beat American goalie, Jessica Vetter, to tie the shootout up at 1-1. Again 2 shooters later Canada’s Jennifer Wakefield roofed the puck over the American goalie giving the Canadians the lead, it fell to Hilary Knight to score again to save the game for American’s but she was stopped by Shannon Szabados.
The Canadians won 3-2 in a shootout but the victory was bitter sweet with Hayley Wickenheiser, leaving the game early in the second period. “She’s a great player, but I feel we collectively took on her role and picked up the slack,” Jennifer Wakefield said. “We’re expecting her to return, which will be good.”