CANADA VS USA RIVALRY SERIES – GAME 3: Victoria Wins it in Victoria for Canada
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
CANADA 3 – USA 2 FINAL (OT)
VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Bach finished off a beautiful pass from Blayre Turnbull for Canada’s first win in overtime in the 2019/2020 NWT Rivalry Series over the USA.
Jocelyne Larocque made the initial breakout pass up the left-wing side to Turnbull, who sprung ahead and created a two-on-one with Bach. Turnbull sent a backhanded saucer pass across the slot to Bach, who shoveled the backhander on net that just snuck through Nicole Hensley for the win.
This action-packed affair was riddled with scoring chances, big collisions, and penalties right from the opening puck drop.
Canada controlled possession in 1st period despite taking two penalties early on. It was a quick period with few whistles other than the penalties and the odd icing and Canada was moving the puck well and forechecking hard. Mélodie Daoust and Laura Stacey were particularly noticeable, creating turnovers and driving the net with opportunities on shots and passes.
Three of USA’s five shots in the period on the powerplay. Meanwhile, Hensley made some incredible saves to keep the game scoreless.
The Americans had a much better start to the 2nd period and began to increase their possession numbers. The officiating became very inconsistent, with hip checks and significant body contact being let go.
Annie Pankowski broke into the Canadian zone on a two-on-one but, Daoust came back with what seemed like a brilliant back check. She was called for hooking.
On the penalty kill, Emily Clark caused a turnover and flipped the puck ahead to a speeding Brianne Jenner. She faked out Hensley and let the puck slide between her legs on the breakaway for the 1-0 goal.
The offence calmed a bit for both teams in the 2nd and, midway through the frame, Natalie Spooner took a high-sticking penalty. That allowed the States to tie the game with a hard slapshot from Hilary Knight at the faceoff dot.
A couple more interesting penalty calls before the end of the period and the game went to the 3rd tied at 1.
The Americans continued to hold momentum to start the 3rd, and caught the Canadians disorganized in their own end. Dani Cameranesi found Savannah Harmon in the high slot wide open just under five minutes in to give the States a 2-1 lead.
The penalties continued to rack up as the period wore on and Canada eventually drew a five-on-three advantage for over a minute. The Canadians contained puck and Lacquette rifled the puck off the stick of Lee Stecklein in front to tie the game back up at two.
A sensational second half of the third period with high-danger chances at both ends but, both Hensley and Ann-Renée Desbiens stood their ground and sent the game to overtime.
More dangerous chances at both ends eventually led to Bach’s winner, her second of the series.
Jenner notched a secondary assist on Lacquette’s tying goal for a two-point night, while Desbiens continued her spectacular performance in net from the Elite Women’s 3-On-3 game in St. Louis.
Game Four of the Series is Wednesday February 5th at 10pm EST from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Watch live on TSN.