2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Esso Series
Game #40
League
Final
January 12, 2018 7:00 pm MST
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
7
6
23
12
12
12
36

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
4
0 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA SKATES TO DRAW WITH BUFFALOES

JASON LA ROSE

CALGARY, Alta. - Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Linköping HC, SWE) scored and Ann-Renee Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) made 35 saves, helping Canada's National Women's Team to an entertaining 1-1 tie with the Calgary Buffaloes as the Esso Series continued Friday night.

Goaltending stole the show, with Desbiens and Calgary counterpart Berk Berkeliev combining for 57 stops while allowing just a pair of second-period goals.

The first period was a tale of two halves; after Canada outshot the Buffaloes 7-3 in the opening 10 minutes, the AMHL side held a 9-2 advantage the rest of the way as the game reached the first intermission scoreless.

Calgary needed just over three minutes of the second period to get the scoring started. Drae Gardiner found Cameron Sterling in front, and he quickly pulled the puck to his backhand and beat Desbiens for the 1-0 goal.

Wakefield equalized seven minutes later; Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) did the work to get the puck to the net, and Wakefield had a couple of whacks at the top of the crease before knocking the 1-1 goal past Berkeliev.

Desbiens was the story of the third, turning aside all 12 shots she faced in the final frame as the Buffaloes swarmed for the go-ahead goal. Calgary carried the play for long stretches, including close to three minutes of constant offensive-zone presence at one point.

The Road to PyeongChang continues Sunday (2:30 p.m. MT) for Team Canada as it takes on the Edge School in exhibition action at Canada Olympic Park.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: James Philpott
Tripping (2:00)
04:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Drae Gardiner
Holding (2:00)
19:17
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Fortino
Slashing (2:00)
00:33
GOAL
Goal: Cameron Sterling

Assists: Drae Gardiner
03:02
GOAL
Goal: Jennifer Wakefield

Assists: Blayre Turnbull, Jillian Saulnier
10:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Renata Fast
Interference (2:00)
14:23
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Justin Ross
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
05:38

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 60 36 35 1 0.972
Berk Berkeliev BUF 60 23 22 1 0.957

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Jan 21, 2018
1 - 1 L vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 12, 2018
3 - 1 W @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Jan 18, 2018
3 - 4 L vs. CanadaCAN
Oct 31, 2017
1 - 1 L @ Calgary BuffaloesBUF
Jan 12, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Preliminary)
Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust had two goals each, sending Canada to an Olympic-opening win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – ROY 1 (League)
Daoust had 2G 1A to help Canada to the win in the Esso Series finale.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 3 – FLA 2 (League)
Rougeau and Nurse had 1G 1A each, and Canada hung on for the win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 2 – USA 1 (OT) (Exhibition)
Wakefield scored with 26 seconds to play in the series finale.
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