2017-18 National Women's Team

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2017-18 NWT Esso Series
Game #43
League
Final
January 21, 2018 2:30 pm MST
Markin MacPhail Centre - WinSport Arena
Calgary, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
1
1
4
0
0
1
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
11
5
9
25
10
10
10
30

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 3
4
0 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA BEATS ROYALS IN ESSO SERIES FINALE

JASON LA ROSE

CALGARY, Alta. - Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) scored two goals and set up another, helping Canada's National Women's Team close out the Esso Series with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Royals on Sunday afternoon.

The Canadians finished 10-4-4 in Alberta Midget Hockey League play; they were unbeaten in their last seven (4-0-3) and had just a pair of losses in their final 13 AMHL games.

Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man./Calgary, CWHL) and Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) scored the other goals, striking in the first nine minutes of the first period to put Canada up for good.

Lacquette got the offence started just past the seven-minute mark, hammering a slap shot off the post and in past Calgary goaltender Noah Decottignies, and Johnston picked the top corner on the power play only 90 seconds later to double the advantage.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) earned assists on both early goals; she finished as Canada's leading scorer in AMHL play with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 15 games.

The Royals had their opportunities in the opening 20 minutes, including a pair of shorthanded breakaways, but Canadian netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) kept the Canadian lead at two.

Calgary had the run of play in the second period, outshooting Canada 10-5, but Daoust extended the lead to three with a buzzer-beater, corralling the puck and tucking a shot around Decottignies with just 0.7 seconds to go.

Dominic Turner finally solved Desbiens early in the third period, sneaking a shot five-hole to cut the deficit to two, but the Canadians would close the door from there.

Daoust added an empty-net goal on the power play in the final minute, providing the final margin of victory.

The Canadians will depart for South Korea on Wednesday morning. They open their quest for a fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal against the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Feb. 11 (7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Brigette Lacquette

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin, Mélodie Daoust
07:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Dominic Turner
Body-Checking (2:00)
07:59
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Rebecca Johnston

Assists: Marie-Philip Poulin, Laura Fortino
08:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Aidan Bangs
Tripping (2:00)
17:55
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Brigette Lacquette
Tripping (2:00)
17:45
GOAL
Goal: Mélodie Daoust

Assists: Meghan Agosta
19:59
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Dominic Turner

02:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Sarah Nurse
High-Sticking (2:00)
03:56
PENALTY
Penalty: Noah Decottignies (Served by Alexander Fader)
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:39
GOAL (POWER PLAY) (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Mélodie Daoust

Assists: Brigette Lacquette
19:26

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Ann-Renée Desbiens CAN 60 30 29 1 0.967
Noah Decottignies ROY 58 24 21 3 0.875

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Calgary RoyalsROY
Jan 21, 2018
1 - 4 L vs. CanadaCAN
Jan 21, 2018
3 - 1 W @ Calgary NorthstarsNOR
Jan 18, 2018
1 - 1 L @ Calgary BuffaloesBUF
Jan 12, 2018
Videos
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2019 WWC: CAN 5 – GER 0 (Quarter-Final)
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2019 WWC: CAN 6 – FIN 1 (Preliminary)
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