GAME NOTES: CANADA VS. UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 20)
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
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
WHAT TO WATCH
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.
A LOOK BACK
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