2018-19 National Women's Team

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2018-19 NWT Rivalry Series (Feb)
Game #1
2019 Series vs. USA
Final
February 12, 2019 7:00 pm EST
Budweiser Gardens
London, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
12
2
21
8
13
12
33

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
6
0 / 2
6

Game Story

CANADA BLANKED IN RIVALRY SERIES OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

LONDON, Ont. – Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Montreal, CWHL) kept things close with a 20-save performance, but Canada’s National Women’s Team couldn’t find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the United States to open the Rivalry Series on Tuesday night.

The Canadians held a 33-21 advantage in shots on goal, including 12-2 in the third period, but were turned away time and time again by U.S. goaltender Alex Rigsby to kick off the three-game set.

A capacity crowd of 8,435 at Budweiser Gardens was loud from the first drop of the puck, and Canada gave its fans plenty to cheer about during an opportunity-filled first period.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (Sept-Îles, Que./Montreal, CWHL) worked their magic early, and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S./Calgary, CWHL) drove hard to the net for the best chance of the opening frame, but Rigsby kept it scoreless after 20 minutes.

Both teams picked up the pace in the second period, combining for 25 shots on goal (Canada had a 13-12 edge), but it was the Americans who finally struck first.

With less than two minutes to go in the middle stanza, a high point shot from Savannah Harmon found its way to Hilary Knight at the side of the net and she made no mistake, sending the U.S. to the intermission up a goal.

That would be all Rigsby would need; she was at her best in the third period to become the first goaltender to shut out Canada since the opening game of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship, a span of 27 games.

The series continues Thursday night (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) in Toronto before heading south of the border for the finale Sunday afternoon (12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT) in Detroit.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sarah Nurse
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
09:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Megan Bozek
Roughing (2:00)
16:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Halli Krzyzaniak
Roughing (2:00)
18:44
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Brianna Decker
Hooking (2:00)
15:17
GOAL
Goal: Hilary Knight

Assists: Hannah Brandt, Savannah Harmon
18:22
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Laura Stacey
Tripping (2:00)
02:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Amanda Kessel
Slashing (2:00)
04:00

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Alex Rigsby USA 60 33 33 0 1.000
Emerance Maschmeyer CAN 59 21 20 1 0.952

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SVS - 33 - SV% - 1.000
GA 1 - SVS - 20 - SV% - 0.952
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

0 - 2 L vs. CanadaCAN
Feb 17, 2019
2 - 0 W @ United StatesUSA
Feb 17, 2019
3 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
Feb 14, 2019
4 - 3 W vs. United StatesUSA
Feb 14, 2019
1 - 0 W @ CanadaCAN
Feb 12, 2019
0 - 1 L vs. United StatesUSA
Feb 12, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 WWC: CAN 7 – RUS 0 (Bronze Medal)
Gabel scored twice to keep Canada on the podium at women’s worlds.
2019 WWC: FIN 4 – CAN 2 (Semifinal)
Rattray and Gabel scored, but Canada was edged by the host Finns.
2019 WWC: CAN 5 – GER 0 (Quarter-Final)
Turnbull opened and closed the scoring to send Canada to the semis.
2019 WWC: CAN 6 – FIN 1 (Preliminary)
Gabel scored twice and added an assist to help Canada beat the Finns.
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