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LAVAL, Que. – Canada’s National Women’s Team erased a three-game deficit, shutting out the United States 5-0 in Game 7 at Place Bell on Wednesday night to sweep the final four games of the Rivalry Series.
- Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./PWHPA) led the offence, scoring a pair of goals 32 seconds apart as part of a four-goal second period.
- Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA) scored her second goal in as many nights, moving her within two of the 100-goal milestone with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
- Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont./PWHPA) and Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont./PWHPA) also scored.
- Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./PWHPA) had three assists.
- Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask./PWHPA) and Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA) added two assists each.
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que./PWHPA) stopped 25 shots for the shutout.
- The U.S. outshot Canada 25-18.
“Any time we have a slow start or the game gets off on the wrong foot, generally it’s because we haven’t established a good forecheck. Sometimes you just have to get [the team] to regroup and get a good forecheck going. The goals in the second period were a result of good plays like good defensive zone coverage, a blocked shot or a push puck to the wall and they were able to transition in terms of offence.”
-- Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on the game adjustments for the final 40 minutes
“I’m really proud of everyone in the room and any of the girls who have a played a role in any of these games. It’s a hard thing to do, but if any group can do it, I believe it’s us. Getting the win is a great way for us to build momentum and hopefully keep it going as we head to Brampton [for the world championship].
-- Turnbull on the importance of the Rivalry Series win
“I think coming back after losing the first three games says a lot about the character and heart we have in our room. We knew we were in a tough spot, we knew we weren’t playing our best but we were going to do whatever we could to change that. We didn’t focus on the outcome, we showed up, put in the work, focused on the game in front of us and it worked in our favour.”
-- Stacey on the taking the series one game at a time
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