Canada tops Team USA in women’s hockey group final – East Bay Times

BEIJING — Marie-Philip Poulin capped a three-goal streak on a penalty shot with 2:35 remaining in the second period as Canada toppled defending Olympic champion United States 4-2 on Tuesday. (Monday Night PT) to claim the top seed in the women’s hockey tournament by entering the playoff round.

Barring a major upset, the world hockey powerhouses are set to meet once again in the gold medal final next week.

In a fierce rivalry dating back to before the first women’s Olympic tournament at the Nagano Games in 1998 (won by the Americans), the United States and Canada put on another entertaining spectacle at the Beijing Games in a fast-paced exit, the two teams exchanging leads. .

Brianne Jenner scored two goals, Poulin had a goal and an assist and Jamie Lee Rattray also scored for Canada, which improved its Olympic record to 6-3 against the U.S. Anne-Renee Desbiens stopped 51 shots.

Alex Carpenter and Dani Cameranesi scored for the Americans. Maddie Rooney stopped 23 shots to get her second start of the tournament. She is the most experienced of the American trio and supported the United States in the gold medal match in 2018 but missed last year’s world championships while recovering from injury.

Canada (4-0) and the USA (3-1) are the tournament seeds and, combined, have outclassed each of their top three opponents by a margin of 47-5. Their quarter-finals will not be set until Finland play Denmark to determine the Group B standings later today.

The game turned in Canada’s favor after Cameranesi, who converted her own rebound, and Carpenter, with a powerplay backhand, scored about two minutes apart to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. with 11:34 left in the second period. .

The Canadians responded 26 seconds later with a semi-circular backhand pass from Sarah Nurse allowing Jenner to score a one-timer up front. Rattray scored the go-ahead goal 2:25 later tapping on Natalie Spooner’s center pass.

The wheels fell for the Americans as they pressed for the power-play tying goal. Poulin intercepted Jincy Dunne’s pass across the blue line and went on a breakaway. Poulin’s shot was stopped by Rooney, but the Canadian captain was awarded a penalty shot and Cayla Barnes was called for lock picking.

Poulin, nicknamed “Captain Clutch” for scoring Olympic gold medal-winning goals in 2010 and 2014, came from the left side and, while crossing the crease, sent the puck inside the left post with Rooney already moving the other way.

Outpacing the Canadians 53-27 on aggregate, the Americans had their share of chances but continued to struggle to finish, similar to a 5-0 win over Team Russia on Saturday in which the United United had a 62-12 advantage. The American unit on the power play converted just one of six chances.

The struggles were evident in the first period, when the Americans had a 14-2 shooting lead before Canada opened the scoring on Jenner’s power play goal at 14:10. Poulin started the game at the top of the left circle by feeding the puck down to Sarah Fillier, who immediately centered it on Jenner for a tap-in.

The Americans are the defending Olympic champions after a 3-2 shootout win in 2018 ended Canada’s four-title streak. The Canadians are the defending world champions after a 3-2 overtime win in August that ended the Americans’ five-title streak.

Canada played its third game without second-row striker Melodie Daoust, who is on day-to-day after being injured in a 12-1 win over Switzerland in the tournament opener. The United States are expected to add Britta Curl to their roster later this week to replace Brianna Decker, who broke her left ankle in the 5-2 win over Finland.

Referee Cianna Lieffers left the game 1:35 into the second period after being struck in the face by American player Amanda Kessel’s stick. Lieffers returned later in the period.

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