AGOSTA-MARCIANO’S POWER-PLAY AND SHOOTOUT GOALS HELP WHITE EDGE RED 2-1, GIVE WHITE NWP SERIES WIN
CALGARY, Alta. – Meghan Agosta-Marciano (Ruthven, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) certainly doesn’t let a good scoring chance go wasted.
The 2010 Olympic gold medallist jumped on White’s first power play of the game late in the opening period Saturday at the Markin MacPhail Centre, getting ahold of the puck with less than one minute left on the clock and firing it past Red netminder Charline Labonte (Boisbriand, Que./Montreal, CWHL) to make it 1-0 going into intermission. Forward Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont./University of Minnesota, WCHA) and defenceman Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, Que./Cornell University, ECAC) were credited with assists.
It was the third and final game of Canada’s National Women’s Program Red-White Series this week at Hockey Canada’s home arena, with the top 13 National Women’s Development Team players and the 27 players currently centralized in Calgary to train with Canada’s National Women’s Team for Sochi 2014 coming together to face off against each other – and challenge each other to be the best they can be on the ice.
With the series tied at one win-apiece coming into Saturday’s game, both Red and White skated onto the ice ready to do what it takes to win, skating hard, making crisp passes and protecting their goalies at all costs, keeping the score close throughout the game and fans entertained in the stands.
It wasn’t until late in the second period that Red finally retaliated with a goal of its own, with Cayley Mercer (Exeter, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC) tipping in a beauty point shot from blueliner Tessa Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ont./Toronto, CWHL). Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC) also helped out on the goal that tied up the game at 17:08 in the middle frame.
Both teams came out of the dressing rooms in the third determined to break that tie, but neither could find the back of the net by the time the final 20 minutes ran down on the clock, sending the game into five minutes of sudden victory overtime. Still, neither Red nor White would concede, and it wasn’t long before the buzzer sounded on the extra frame as well.
Players in their red and white jerseys eagerly leaned against the boards to watch the shootout unfold, while spectators inside the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex facility cheered in anticipation as each player skated down the ice and sent the puck flying toward the opposition’s net.
White’s Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL) set expectations high right of the start, as she glided down the ice, moved the puck back and forth with her stick blade, spun around and then slid it into the right side of the Red net.
Red’s Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Montreal, CWHL) answered with a shootout goal of her own, keeping the excitement and intensity high for players and fans alike. But that would be the last goal Red would score, and the last that White netminder Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Boston, CWHL) would allow.
And as Agosta-Marciano skated down the ice, stickhandling with ease, she waited until just the right moment to deke out Labonte and take full advantage of her scoring chance, once again slipping the puck over Red’s goal line, this time to seal the 2-1 win – and series victory – for White.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||3
|Arena/Aréna||Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A||Location/Lieu||Calgary, Alta.
|Date||Saturday, August 24, 2013
||Time/Heure||10:30 a.m. MT
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
19:12 WHT Meghan Agosta-Marciano (Kelly Terry, Lauriane Rougeau) PP/AN
04:26 WHT Jillian Saulnier (Hooking/Accrocher)
17:49 RED Haley Irwin (Interference/Obstruction)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
17:08 RED Cayley Mercer (Tessa Bonhomme, Nicole Kosta)
11:18 RED Jocelyne Larocque (Roughing/Rudesse)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
|Shootout/Tirs de barrage|
WHT Caroline Ouellette GOAL/BUT
RED Haley Irwin GOAL/BUT
WHT Hayley Wickenheiser NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
RED Marie-Philip Poulin NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
WHT Meghan Agosta-Marciano GOAL/BUT
RED Natalie Spooner NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
|Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||OT/Prol.||SO/TB||Total|