GAME STATS |
Canada’s National Women’s Team dropped the final game of the first leg of the Rivalry Series on Sunday,
falling 4-2 to the United States in front of 14,551 fans in Seattle.
Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./PWHPA)
and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./PWHPA)
scored for Canada.
Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont./PWHPA), Élizabeth Giguère (Québec,
Que./Boston, PHF), Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont./PWHPA)
and Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./PWHPA) recorded an
- Ann-Renée Desbiens (Clermont, Que./PWHPA) turned aside 25 of 29
- The U.S. narrowly outshot Canada 29-24.
The Rivalry Series resumes next month with two games in the U.S., Dec. 15
in Henderson, Nev., and Dec. 19 in Los Angeles, Calif.
“A lot of times we talk about a two-minute hockey philosophy. When you’re
letting them score after beating you in back-to-back games and let them
score in the first two minutes of the game, that keeps their momentum
rolling and I think they benefitted from that. For all three games we lost
the special teams battle. If you’re not scoring on the power play, or at
least preventing them from scoring, you’re not winning hockey games at this
Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on his assessment after three
“I think for our group it’s building that chemistry with each other again.
Coming off a year we just had [where] we were together all the time, now we
are kind of separate then coming back together it’s continuing to build
that chemistry as we move forward. These are evaluation games for us, we
have a lot of new people, new combinations, new concepts and game plans
we’re trying to integrate because we had so much success. It’s hard to stay
on top, we want to continue to raise the bar, we don’t want to be stagnant
and doing what we’re doing. By us trying new things, we’re taking risks out
there. It didn’t go our way today but I’m sure it’s going to go our way
Nurse on building chemistry and momentum moving forward through the
“After losing three games it’s easy to feel exactly how the team is feeling
– a bit disappointed. I want and expect more of myself to help us get the
win, but with that being said it was nice to get an opportunity to play
with Blayre [Turnbull] and Clarky (Emily Clark), and I thought early on we
created chances and we tried to be hard to play against. I think it’s
something I’m trying to focus on and every single second I get on the ice,
no matter how many times it is, to be the hardest possible player to play
against. Right now, it feels like it’s clicking a little bit better and I’m
excited about that, but definitely still a lot of work to do.”
Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont./PWHPA) on her style of play and
contributing to team success
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