2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Series vs. USA
Game #5
Final
December 15, 2017 7:30 pm PST
SAP Center
San Jose, Calif.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
18
7
36
7
10
9
26

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
8
1 / 4
6

Game Story

GAME STORY

CANADA WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT OF WOMEN’S SERIES

Wendy Graves

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Calgary, CWHL), Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) scored as Canada’s National Women’s Team beat the United States 3-1 to pick up its fourth straight win of the pre-Olympic series.

Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) made 25 saves in earning her first win against the Americans with the National Women’s Team.

Two other players also scored milestones: for Nurse, her goal was her first point against her team’s biggest rival; and with her assist on Irwin’s goal, Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./University of Minnesota, WCHA) picked up her first point against the U.S.

After dropping the opener of the six-game set, Canada now leads the series 4-1. Its latest win was its best game yet. The team held a 36-26 advantage in shots on net, and both Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Hockey Canada) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) rang pucks off the outside of the post.

It was the United States, however, striking first on the power play early in the second period. Fifteen seconds after Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Linköping HC, SWE) took a seat for tripping, Brianna Decker snuck away from her defender to shovel in a rebound at the side of the net.

Later in the period, Canada struck twice in less than three minutes to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Irwin tied the game with a great individual effort. She gained possession of the puck below the goal line, cycled to the side boards, held the puck through the slot and finished with a low backhand from the circle.

Nurse swiped at the puck in the crease and, with perhaps an assist to the stick of defender Kacey Bellamy, gave Canada the lead 2:24 later on a goal that needed a pair of video reviews. The challenges confirmed no kicking motion by Nurse and no goalie interference by a crashing-the-net Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Markham, CWHL).

Canada struck early in the third period to extend its lead. Agosta won a battle along the end boards and fed the puck out front to Poulin, who paused for a split second before going glove side.

Alex Rigsby stopped 33 Canadian shots for the U.S.

The teams wrap up their series in Edmonton on Sunday (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sarah Nurse
Hooking (2:00)
03:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Kacey Bellamy
Body-Checking (2:00)
19:43
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
Tripping (2:00)
01:50
GOAL
Goal: Brianna Decker (power play)

Assists: Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne
02:05
GOAL
Goal: Haley Irwin

Assists: Halli Krzyzaniak, Sarah Potomak
12:57
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Dani Cameranesi)
Too Many Players (2:00)
15:21
GOAL
Goal: Sarah Nurse

Assists: Emily Clark
15:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
Roughing (2:00)
18:40
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Meghan Agosta, Mélodie Daoust
00:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Kacey Bellamy
Body-Checking (2:00)
13:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 60 26 25 1 0.962
Alex Rigsby USA 60 36 33 3 0.917

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

Previous Games

2 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 17, 2017
1 - 2 L vs. CanadaCAN
Dec 17, 2017
3 - 1 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 15, 2017
1 - 3 L vs. CanadaCAN
Dec 15, 2017
2 - 0 W @ United StatesUSA
Dec 5, 2017
0 - 2 L vs. CanadaCAN
Dec 5, 2017
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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