The U.S. Women’s National Team is in their home stretch of games leading up to their Olympic run. Yesterday they played a game against Canada, the first of four contests left before the winter games in Sochi. Five goals were scored by five different players and no less than ten women notched at least a point in the 5-1 victory.

“Tonight was a good test and all the hard work we’ve been putting in really paid off,” said head coach Katey Stone. “We minimized mistakes in our own zone, scored on the power play and are continuing to get better.”

The first period saw a 5 on 3 goal from Alex Carpenter, the lone goal of the period. The second period also featured only one goal, as Team USA outshot Canada 12-5 and Brianna Decker gave the U.S. a two goal lead. Meghan Duggan made it 3-0 in the third period on a power play goal. Canada’s Tara Watchorn broke Jessie Vetter’s shutout to make it 3-1. However, Hilary Knight would answer that goal merely 40 seconds later to regain the three goal lead for the U.S. Women’s National Team. A shorthanded, empty net goal from Megan Bozek would seal the deal with only two seconds left in the game.

Final score: USA 5, Canada 1

The United States and Canada will face off again on December 20 at 8:00 PM. The game will be aired on NBC Sports Network.

photo from: http://www.bringontheworldtour.com/page/show/996052-photos-from-the-tour

Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.

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