Canada falls to USA 3-2 in overtime in Rivalry women’s hockey series


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KINGSTON, Ont. – The Canadian women’s hockey team lost a two-goal lead in the third period and the United States came back to win 3-2 in overtime in the Rivalry series on Sunday.

KINGSTON, Ont. – The Canadian women’s hockey team lost a two-goal lead in the third period and the United States came back to win 3-2 in overtime in the Rivalry series on Sunday.

American Hilary Knight scored the game-winning goal after 54 seconds of overtime after equalizing in the third period.

Hayley Scamurra started the rally for the United States with a goal early in the third period.

“We seemed a bit disconnected for most of the game,” said Team Canada coach Troy Ryan. “We weren’t able to execute some of the breakouts, our neutral zone play wasn’t as good as it has been recently, and we just have to find ways to complete some of those opportunities.

“I told the group afterwards, (I think) the positive side that we can take is that we were still able to win this game, but in the end we got what we deserved and we didn’t. didn’t play as well as we should have. “

Marie-Philip Poulin, on the power play, and Sarah Fillier scored for the Canadians in the second period.

US goalie Nicole Hensley made 18 saves. Canada’s Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 21 pucks in the loss.

The teams are using the series both as preparation for the February Winter Olympics and for evaluation to determine their 23-player rosters for Beijing.

Game 4 of the series takes place Tuesday in Ottawa. The Rivalry Series then moves to the United States with games December 15-17 in St. Louis and December 20 in St. Paul, Minn.

Canada still has a 2-1 lead in the series after winning the first two games last month in the United States – 3-2 in Hartford, Connecticut, and 3-1 in Allentown, Penn.

“It’s never easy to lose to the Americans, but we plan to play them in two days,” said Poulin. Obviously this wasn’t the start we wanted, we were a bit slow and disconnected at times. We need to understand this in the coming days and keep moving forward. “

On Sunday, Scamurra buried a puck at 2:44 of the third period to reduce Canada’s lead to one, and Knight tied the game 1:22 later on an assist from Kendall Coyne Schofield.

Hensley did her part to keep the Americans in the game, making a flurry of saves in the dying minutes of the third to send her into overtime.

Canada led 1-0 thanks to Poulin’s power play at 3:11 of the second period with Scamurra in the box for a countercheck.

Fillier doubled the lead in the fifth minute from Poulin and Micah Zandee-Hart. Fillier of Georgetown, Ont., Is Canada’s leading scorer with four goals.

“I think we have shown great resilience,” said US coach Joel Johnson. “I don’t think we changed our style of play between the first, second and third and it was impressive to stay after.

“Usually you start to panic a little bit and try to play out of place and I was excited to see us continue to play the same way and find a way to put the puck in the net.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 21, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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