2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Esso Series
Game #6
Exhibition
Final
October 3, 2017 7:00 pm MDT
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
3
3
9
0
1
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
11
4
23
5
10
7
22

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
4 / 6
16
1 / 8
12

Game Story

CANADA ROLLS PAST BISONS TO OPEN ESSO SERIES

JEMMA YOUNG

CALGARY, Alta. – An offensive outburst from Canada’s National Women’s Team led it to a 9-1 victory over the Airdrie Bisons on Tuesday night in the opener of the Esso Series at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Jill Saulnier (Halifax, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) paced the offence with two goals each, while Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) added a goal and two helpers.

Four minutes into the first period, Saulnier opened the scoring for Canada with a bar-down bullet from the blue-line, with the lone assist going to Spooner.

A power play goal from Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) made it 2-0 at 7:06, followed by a pretty tip-in from Johnston that brought the Canadians to a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.

Caleb Willms capitalized on an Airdrie power play to put the Bisons on the board early in the second period, but it was all Canada after that with three more goals in the middle frame.

Spooner sniped in a wrist shot to restore the three-goal lead before the Nova Scotians – Saulnier and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) scored 28 seconds apart to put Canada up 6-1 after two.

Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) started the third period in net for Canada, taking over for Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) who stopped 14 of 15 through 40 minutes. Desbiens kept the Bisons off the scoreboard in the final stanza despite four Airdrie power plays.

Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man./Calgary, CWHL) and Johnston added goals within 32 seconds of each other midway through the third before Jennifer Wakefield (Pickering, Ont./Linköping HC, SWE) capped the scoring with 6:25 left.

The Esso Series is an Olympic Winter Games tune-up that includes 25 games against Alberta Midget Hockey League teams through Jan. 21, 2018.

Up next, Canada will travel north to face the Grande Prairie Storm on Friday night (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Jillian Saulnier

Assists: Natalie Spooner
04:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Jensen
Slashing (2:00)
06:06
GOAL
Goal: Meghan Agosta (power play)

Assists: Mélodie Daoust, Halli Krzyzaniak
07:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Tripping (2:00)
08:55
GOAL
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin, Jennifer Wakefield
11:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Brett LeGrandeur
Tripping (2:00)
16:00
2nd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Steven Bacovsky

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Jennifer Wakefield
Tripping (2:00)
05:01
GOAL
Goal: Caleb Willms (power play)

Assists: Cayde Augustine, Mark Zachary
05:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
Hooking (2:00)
05:47
GOAL
Goal: Natalie Spooner

Assists: Jillian Saulnier
09:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Meghan Agosta
Hooking (2:00)
10:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Nickolas de Beurs
Tripping (2:00)
14:04
PENALTY
Penalty: Jake Petrie
Slashing (2:00)
15:46
GOAL
Goal: Jillian Saulnier (power play)

Assists: Natalie Spooner
15:54
GOAL
Goal: Blayre Turnbull (power play)

Assists: Jocelyne Larocque
16:22
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ann-Renée Desbiens

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan Strang
Slashing (2:00)
00:42
PENALTY
Penalty: Jocelyne Larocque
Interference (2:00)
03:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Marie-Philip Poulin
Body-Checking (2:00)
07:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Mark Zachary
Body-Checking (2:00)
09:14
GOAL
Goal: Brigette Lacquette (power play)

Assists: Meghan Agosta, Laura Fortino
10:08
GOAL
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Laura Fortino, Marie-Philip Poulin
10:51
GOAL
Goal: Jennifer Wakefield

Assists: Halli Krzyzaniak, Marie-Philip Poulin
13:35
PENALTY
Penalty: Erin Ambrose
Interference (2:00)
14:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
Slashing (2:00)
15:58

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 40 15 14 1 0.933
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 20 7 7 0 1.000
Braeden Mitchell AIR 20 8 5 3 0.625
Steven Bacovsky AIR 40 15 9 6 0.600

Game Leaders

GA 1 - SVS - 14 - SV% - 0.933
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Jan 21, 2018
1 - 3 L vs. CanadaCAN
Nov 28, 2017
3 - 1 W @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Jan 18, 2018
1 - 9 L vs. CanadaCAN
Oct 3, 2017
1 - 1 L @ Calgary BuffaloesBUF
Jan 12, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Preliminary)
Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust had two goals each, sending Canada to an Olympic-opening win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 4 – ROY 1 (League)
Daoust had 2G 1A to help Canada to the win in the Esso Series finale.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 3 – FLA 2 (League)
Rougeau and Nurse had 1G 1A each, and Canada hung on for the win.
2017-18 NWT: CAN 2 – USA 1 (OT) (Exhibition)
Wakefield scored with 26 seconds to play in the series finale.
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