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TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. – Canada’s National Women’s Team has forced a winner-take-all Game 7 in the Rivalry Series, earning a 5-1 win over the United States in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,636 fans at the Colisée Vidéotron on Monday night.
- Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA) scored Canada’s final goal with 1:05 remaining, recording the 200th point of her international career. She is the fifth player to reach the milestone with Team Canada, joining Danielle Goyette, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Hayley Wickenheiser.
- Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA) led the offence with a goal and two assists.
- Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA) opened the scoring on a power play goal just 3:06 into the first period, her 50th point with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
- Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./PWHPA) scored Canada’s second goal just 18 seconds after the Nurse marker.
- Claire Thompson (Toronto, Ont./PWHPA) rounded out the scoring.
- Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./PWHPA) chipped in with two assists.
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que./PWHPA) stopped 14 shots.
- Canada outshot the U.S. 30-15.
In a pre-game ceremony, Poulin received a standing ovation as she was honoured for winning the Northern Star Award as the Canadian athlete of the year and Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year.
Canada vs. United States (Game 7) – Wednesday, February 22 (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
“It’s hard to put it all into words. Standing on the blue line, seeing my parents and my brother; it’s a very special moment. Not only because my family was here tonight but knowing my teammates were beside me as well. I wouldn’t get these accolades without any of them. It’s special, they’re friends and family and all it was a dream tonight. Coming out with the win tonight was huge; we’re excited for Wednesday but the win in front of a full crowd … I want to say a big thank you to Trois-Rivières, who showed up for us tonight and that really means a lot.”
-- Poulin on an emotional night and win against the U.S.
“Obviously she’s a special player and person. You just love those kind of tributes when you can celebrate them in her home province, in front of her family and against the U.S. Even the way to end it, Jenner to Pou, what better way to end it and just to enjoy it. She always redirects (the attention) towards others, but for myself and the other coaches, she’s one of those players that it’s special we get a front-row seat and we get to go along for the ride.”
“I think the part I really like is merging the styles from our offence of 2021 to the Olympics combined with the physical and defensive frame of mind from [the 2022 Women’s Worlds]. I thought we played physical when we needed to, we were wide open when we needed to and defended well when we needed to. Merging those styles is great and if that becomes our new style of play, we can play any type of game at any time.”
-- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on Poulin’s impact and playing a complete game
“We’re really excited we did the job and got the win tonight. Emotionally it was a big win because we haven’t had a win at home in awhile. We didn’t win early in the series, so to be able to do that, with this amazing crowd – it’s one of the best I’ve ever played in front of – everyone just soaked it all in at the end.”
-- Jenner on the team’s performance
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