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.