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Rivalry Series Preview: Canada vs. United States

Sunday, November 20 | 4 p.m. PT | Seattle, Washington | Game 3

Jason La Rose
November 20, 2022


TV: TSN (tape delay at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) | Stream: TSN Direct

After a pair of games on B.C. ice, Canada’s National Women’s Team has moved south of the border, set to wrap up the first leg of the Rivalry Series with a matchup against the United States on Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena.


Another game, another nailbiter between Canada and the U.S. on Thursday night in Kamloops. After going goalless through the first 38+ minutes – thanks in large part to the standout play of Canadian goaltender Kristen Campbell – the teams combined for two in the final 1:46 of the second period, including a penalty-shot conversion from Marie-Philip Poulin. Both sides had their chances in the third, including point-blank opportunities for Jamie Lee Rattray and Ella Shelton, but a late U.S. goal left Canada with a 2-1 loss. Campbell was terrific, finishing with 32 saves in just her third international appearance.


It may sound like a broken record, but how good has Poulin been? The captain has accounted for two of the three Canadian goals in the series – getting her to 95 in her decorated career (more on that below) – and has been the best player in red through two games. The veteran always brings her best against the Americans; she has 32 goals and 56 points in 77 games, and has recorded at least one point in 11 of 15 games since the game resumed after the 18-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Americans have relied heavily on their penalty kill through two games, keeping a talented Canadian power play without a goal in 11 opportunities. Special teams, in fact, have not been all that special on either side – the U.S. is just 1-for-7 with the player advantage, and that goal came late in Game 1 with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker.


As mentioned above, Poulin’s goal in Kamloops gave her 95 in her National Women’s Team career. That puts the pride of Beauceville, Que., just a little closer to becoming the fourth to score 100 with Team Canada (joining Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Danielle Goyette). She also sits with 197 points, three away from becoming the fifth to record 200, alongside Wickenheiser, Hefford, Goyette and Caroline Ouellette.


While Canada has the all-time edge with 95 wins in 169 games, this rivalry is about as even as they come. Need proof? In the last 18 meetings between the rivals, dating back to February 2020, seven of those games have needed overtime (Canada has won four, with Poulin getting the game-winning goal in three of them) and four others have been one-goal finishes.

This is just the second meeting to played in Washington State; on Oct. 16, 2009, in the lead up to the 2010 Olympics, Ouellette (an assistant with this Canadian team) scored twice and Shannon Szabados made 32 saves to help Canada to a 5-2 win in Spokane.

All-time record: Canada leads 95-73-1 (20-18 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 462
United States goals: 410

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Jeremy Knight
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Hockey Canada

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