GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 15)
TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct
Canada’s National Women’s Team drops the puck on the 2022-23 edition of the Rivalry Series on home ice,
welcoming the United States to Prospera Place on Tuesday night.
Canada clinched its 12th world title in the gold medal game at the 2022
IIHF Women’s World Championship in early September, getting a pair of goals
from Brianne Jenner just 1:23 apart in the second period to
earn a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Americans in Herning, Denmark. The game was a defensive struggle, with the teams
combining for just 40 shots on goal (21-19 in favour of the U.S.).
Ann-Renée Desbiens made 20 saves to record the win.
WHAT TO WATCH
After a decorated college career, Élizabeth Giguère is set to make her Team
Canada debut. The Quebec City native is one of the top scorers in NCAA
history, posting 295 points (121-174—295) in 177 games with Clarkson
University and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Giguère was a three-time
All-American, won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the best player in women’s
college hockey and helped Clarkson to a national title as a freshman. She
has two previous international experiences; she won silver at the 2015 IIHF
U18 Women’s World Championship, and silver with Canada’s National Women’s
Development Team at the 2017 Nations Cup.
While Giguère will be the lone debutant for Canada, the U.S. will ice a
rookie-laden roster – six players (Riley Brengman, Becca Gilmore, Kelsey
King, Maureen Murphy, Gabby Rosenthal and Haley Winn) will all make their
national team debuts in Kelowna.
BACK TO B.C.
After Ontario, no Canadian province has hosted more editions of the
Canada-U.S. rivalry than British Columbia, which will welcome its 15th such
game on Tuesday. Kelowna becomes the fifth B.C. community to host a game,
joining Kamloops (where the series will stop on Thursday), Richmond,
Canada has an 8-6 edge over the U.S. in the first 14, with each holding a
big-game victory –
Canada blanked the Americans 2-0 in the gold medal game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and the
U.S. returned the favour with a 1-0 overtime win
in the final at the 2016 women’s worlds in Kamloops.
After reaching 100 career assists during the women’s worlds, Marie-Philip
Poulin has two more milestones in sight. Captain Canada is just seven goals
away from becoming the fourth to score 100 with Team Canada (joining Hayley
Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Danielle Goyette) and needs just five
points for 200 (which would put her alongside Wickenheiser, Hefford,
Goyette and Caroline Ouellette).
A LOOK BACK
While Canada has the all-time edge with 95 wins in 167 games, this rivalry
is about as even as they come. Need proof? In the last 16 meetings between
the rivals, dating back to February 2020, six of those games have needed
overtime (Canada has won four, with
Poulin getting the
game-winning goal in
three of them) and three others have been one-goal finishes.
Since the Rivalry Series debuted in February 2018, the 14 games have been
split right down the middle with seven wins apiece, although the Americans
have won five of the seven on Canadian ice.
All-time record: Canada leads 95-71-1 (20-17 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 458
United States goals: 404