PETTET GETS OT WINNER, HELPS U18S TO PRE-WORLDS WIN
JASON LA ROSE
VELKE POPOVICE, Czech Republic – Brette Pettet (Kentville, N.S./Shattuck-St. Mary’s, USHS) completed the comeback 2:34 into overtime, giving Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team a 4-3 win over HC Slovaj Velke Popovice in pre-tournament action Tuesday ahead of the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
The Canadians trailed 3-1 with less than nine minutes to go before pulling even and forcing the extra period.
Just moments after goaltender Édith D’Astous-Moreau (Laval, Que./Nepean, PWHL) stopped a penalty shot to keep her team alive, Pettet finished a set-up from Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Pacific, JWHL) to give Canada the win in its first of two exhibition games.
Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./Okanagan Hockey Academy, CSSHL) had two goals for the Canadians, including the game-tying marker with just 38 seconds remaining, and Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) also found the back of the net.
Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) and Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) added two assists apiece.
After a scoreless opening period, the Czech boys team struck early in the second when Jan Synac beat Canadian goaltender Danika Ranger (Uxbridge, Ont./Durham, PWHL) just 77 seconds in.
But that would be the lone puck to find its way past Ranger, who gave way to D’Astous-Moreau just past the midway mark of the middle frame.
Shirley tied the game on the power play at 9:19, picking up a rebound off the end boards and sneaking it past netminder Matyas Nesvadba, but Lukas Vit beat D’Astous-Moreau on a breakaway at 12:45, and Synac added his second of the period at 18:57 to send HC Slovaj Velke Popovice to the intermission up 3-1.
Fillier got the Canadian comeback started at 11:18 of the third period, setting up a wild finish.
With Canada on the power play and D’Astous-Moreau on the bench for a six-on-four advantage in the final minute, Shirley found the rebound of a Maltais shot and chipped it over David Hruska for the 3-3 goal, pushing the game to overtime.
Canada will finish its pre-tournament schedule Thursday, facing off with Sweden in Zlin (1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT), before opening the world championship Saturday against the Swedes (1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT).
|Arena||ZS Velke Popovice||Location||Velke Popovice, CZE|
|Date||Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017||Time||1 p.m. ET|
|Goals & Penalties|
03:23 SVP Daniel Tichy (Charging)
12:35 CAN Avery Mitchell (Holding)
18:37 SVP Martin Bejda (Interference)
01:17 SVP Jan Synac (Martin Bejda)
09:19 CAN Sophie Shirley (Courtney Vorster) PP
12:45 SVP Lukas Vit (Petr Klicka)
18:57 SVP Jan Synac (Jakub Figer)
05:46 CAN Amy Potomak (Hooking)
08:32 SVP Jiri Sup (Elbowing)
11:18 CAN Sarah Fillier (Daryl Watts, Emma Maltais)
19:22 CAN Sophie Shirley (Emma Maltais, Daryl Watts) PP
01:17 SVP Nikola Macoun (High-sticking)
04:12 SVP Jakub Figer (Tripping)
12:27 CAN Brooke Hobson (Hooking)
12:45 SVP Malyas Mrva (Charging)
15:56 SVP Malyas Mrva (Hooking)
18:06 SVP Petr Klicka (Holding)
02:34 CAN Brette Pettet (Amy Potomak)
00:04 SVP Jiri Sup (Tripping)
00:16 CAN Olivia Knowles (Hooking)
|CAN||Danika Ranger; Édith D'Astous-Moreau (2nd/10:07)|
|SVP||Matyas Nesvadba; David Hruska (2nd/09:19)|
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||O||Total|