US women beat Canada 3-2 in shootout
Hilary Knight scored the lone shootout goal and the United
States women’s hockey team beat Canada for the third straight time
in their pre-Olympic exhibition series, 3-2 on Saturday.
Jessie Vetter stopped all three Canadian shootout attempts.
”This is good for us. We need to find a way to win,” U.S.
defenseman Megan Bozek said.
Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter scored for the United States in
regulation, and Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Marie-Philip Poulin
countered for Canada.
After losing three straight to Canada, the Americans have won
the last three meeting by a combined 12-4 – 5-1 and 4-1 in the two
”We like all kinds of different scenarios. Unfortunately, the
puck wasn’t bouncing as easily it was earlier this month,” said
Knight, who also had two assists. ”We’re an extremely talented
team, but we still have a long way to go and we’re going to get
there. We’re confident with our game plan. … You got to find a
way to win, dig deep, and we did that tonight.”
The teams will wrap up the exhibition series Monday night in
The Americans and Canadians are widely considered the Olympic
favorites. Canada has won three straight gold medals.
United States coach Katey Stone likes that the shootout is
entertaining for the fans, but is more pleased about how it made
her team rise to the occasion.
”It puts our kids on the hot seat, it puts their kids on the
hot seat and it’s time to execute and deliver,” Stone said. ”At
the end of the day, that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
Although the game was physical – six of the 15 penalties were
for checking, roughing or charging – the game did not feature the
late-game fisticuffs that has recently become part of the
When the teams met eight days earlier in Grand Forks, N.D., a
melee in the final seconds to play resulted in 10 fighting majors
and a string of other infractions. All 10 skaters on the ice also
squared off in an October game in Burlington, Vt. They had another
big scrap in 2010.
”I don’t think there was any less intensity tonight, but it was
directed towards the game instead of anything else,” said Canada
coach Kevin Dineen, who has been in charge for less than two weeks.
Former coach Dan Church abruptly stepped down Dec. 12, the day of
the Americans’ 5-1 win in Calgary, Alberta.
”At the end, I’m not reinventing things and they’re still
playing very well,” Dineen said. ”Tonight was a little snapshots
of things that we’ve talked about since we’ve been here that we’re
starting to see.”
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, the Canadians rallied.
Agosta-Marciano scored off a faceoff midway through the third
period, and Poulin tied it 1:14 later on a power play.
Stack scored in the first and Carpenter had a power-play goal
with 8.3 seconds left in the second.
”We came out a little flat and they took it to us right away,”
Poulin said. ”We have one more game against them and for sure
we’ll start better.”