IIHF Womens World Hockey Championships – Day 3: USA Edges Canada in Close Rivalry Battle
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, April 8, 2019
USA 3 – CANADA 2 FINAL
ESPOO, FINLAND – Annie Pankowski scored her second goal of the tournament off a huge shot from the point just 4 seconds into an Emily Clark tripping penalty to take a 3-2 lead with just under 6 minutes left in the 2nd period. Despite their best efforts, Canada produced a scoreless 3rd and fell to 1-1 on the tournament.
Brianne Jenner tied the game on the powerplay when just barely got her stick on a rocket point-shot from Bridgette Lacquette to tie the game at 2. Jenner was playing her 100th career game with the Canadian National Team and notched her 3rd point of the tournament and 2nd of the game.
Hamilton, Ontario’s Sarah Nurse also potted a goal and an assist, her marker tying the game at 1 just 2 minutes after Hilary Knight opened the scoring for team USA early in the 1st.
Canada outshot the Americans 33-30 in this close matchup, but possession was the biggest issue for the Canadians.
“I think if you go back to the first period, we did not manage the puck very well,” said Canada Head Coach Perry Pearn. “That was the thing we were really good at in the Rivalry Series. I think the U.S. had four two-on-ones in the first period and if you’re going to do that against this team, you’re going to pay the price.”
Canada poured it on in the 3rd period but, became a bit undisciplined with Renata Fast and Jill Saulnier taking penalties in the first 10 minutes. To cap off the game, Natalie Spooner took an unfortunate hooking penalty in the final minute that made it difficult to sustain pressure in the American zone and force that tying goal.
Marie-Philip Poulin didn’t see the ice in this one either, a factor that could play a larger role in Canada’s performance down the stretch.
But Jenner certainly made an effort to fill the void left by Poulin’s absence in this game, finishing with 2 points and a team-high 10 shots on net.
Laura Fortino was heavily relied upon defensively with over 25 minutes of ice time.
Emerance Maschmeyer got the call in net for Canada and stopped 27 of 30 shots on net for a .900 save percentage.