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Rivalry Series Preview: Canada vs. United States

Monday, February 22 | 7 p.m. ET | Laval, Que. | Game 7

Jason La Rose
February 22, 2023


TV: TSN | Stream: TSN Direct

Winner take all. Canada’s National Women’s Team looks to complete the reverse sweep and come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit when the Rivalry Series comes to a close Wednesday night at Place Bell.

Last Game

In front of a raucous, sold-out crowd of 4,636 at the Colisée Vidéotron in Trois-Rivieres, Que., Canada evened up the series with a convincing 5-1 win over the U.S. on Monday night. Brianne Jenner paced the offence with a goal and two assists, Rebecca Johnston added a pair of helpers in her first international game since the Olympic final last February and Marie-Philip Poulin – who was honoured pregame in her home province for her award-winning 2022 – made history late, closing out the scoring with her 200th career point.

What to Watch

Momentum is clearly on the side of the Canadians, and it’s the top line leading the way. Poulin, Jenner and Johnston combined for six points on Monday night (in their first game together as a trio), and they’ll be looked upon again to provide offence in the finale. But let’s not sleep on the defence. Canada held the Americans to just 15 shots on goal in Trois-Rivieres, and it took more than 42 minutes for the U.S. to hit double digits.

With four of 13 forwards making their international debuts on Monday and heart-and-soul captain Kendall Coyne Schofield out of the lineup, Hilary Knight is doing the heavy lifting for the Americans. The long-time standout earned another point in the Game 6 loss, giving her a series-leading eight (four goals, four assists). She’ll be front and centre if the U.S. hopes to quell the Canadian momentum and lift the Rivalry Series trophy in Laval.

Welcoming the World

The IIHF Women’s World Championship is returning to Ontario for the first time since 2013 when Brampton plays host from April 5-16. It’ll be the fifth worlds to be played in Ontario (Ottawa – 1990, 2013; Kitchener – 1997; Mississauga – 2000).

Ticket packages are on sale now – $465 for all 31 games (plus taxes and fees). Tickets are also available for groups of 10 or more.

Chasing History

One milestone down, one to go. Poulin joined an exclusive group on Monday, joining Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Danielle Goyette as the only players to reach 200 points with Team Canada.

Next up? She sits only three goals shy of 100, which would put her alongside Wickenheiser, Hefford and Goyette.

A Look Back

It’s meeting No. 174 between the Canadians and Americans, the 72nd on Canadian ice and the eighth in Quebec (three in Montreal, one in Sherbrooke, one in Boisbriand, one in Quebec City and one in Trois-Rivières). Canada holds an all-time edge in the overall (98-74-1) the games played in Canada (41-30) and the games played in La Belle Province (5-2).

Canada’s four-goal win Monday was a bit of an anomaly in a head-to-head history that includes a long list of one-goal results. It’s just the third time since the start of the 2006-07 season that the Canadians have triumphed by four – it earned a 5-1 win in the preliminary round at the 2021 Women’s Worlds, and posted a 6-2 victory in a pre-2010 Olympics game (both in Calgary).

All-time record: Canada leads 98-74-1 (21-18 in OT/SO)
Canada goals: 475
United States goals: 419

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
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Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
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Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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