2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Esso Series
Game #42
League
Final
January 18, 2018 7:00 pm MST
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
5
12
12
29
12
11
14
37

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 1
4
0 / 2
2

Game Story

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JASON LA ROSE

CALGARY, Alta. – Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) scored 29 seconds apart midway through the second period, giving Canada’s National Women’s Team a lead it would not relinquish in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Northstars on Thursday night.

Poulin scored twice for the Canadians, who are unbeaten in their last six Esso Series games (3-0-3) and have just two losses in their last 12 against Alberta Midget Hockey League competition.

Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) was the story of the first period; the Canadian goaltender stopped all 12 shots she faced, getting the game to the intermission scoreless despite the Northstars having a 12-5 edge in shots.

Nurse struck first for Canada, finishing a two-on-one with Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./Markham, CWHL) at 8:32 of the second period, and Poulin got a one-timer through traffic and past Calgary netminder Blake Pilon at 9:01 to double the advantage.

Lacasse was forced to leave the game just seconds later after taking a shot up high, giving way to Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) after making 18 saves in almost 30 minutes of work.

The Northstars got one back early in the third period when A.J. Belanger absolutely wired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Desbiens, but that would be it for Calgary offence.

Poulin added insurance with just over three minutes to go, knocking in a centering feed from Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont.) after the three-time Olympic gold medallist did the heavy lifting in the offensive zone.

The Canadians close out the Esso Series on Sunday afternoon (2:30 p.m. MT), taking on the Calgary Royals in their final game on Canadian ice before they depart for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games next week.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Micah Zandee-Hart
Hooking (2:00)
04:41
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Sarah Nurse

Assists: Laura Stacey, Emily Clark
08:32
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Laura Fortino
09:01
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ann-Renée Desbiens

09:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Bram
Slashing (2:00)
12:30
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: AJ Belanger

02:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Weinkauf
Slashing (2:00)
07:24
GOAL
Goal: Marie-Philip Poulin

Assists: Meghan Agosta, Brigette Lacquette
16:43

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Geneviève Lacasse CAN 29 18 18 0 1.000
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 30 19 18 1 0.947
Blake Pilon NOR 59 29 26 3 0.897

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 18 - SV% - 1.000
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Jan 21, 2018
1 - 3 L vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 18, 2018
3 - 1 W @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Jan 18, 2018
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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