|Canada Defeats U.S., 3-2, In Overtime In Third Rivalry Series Contest|
|Two teams to meet in Vancouver Wed.; Game live on NHL Network |
|VICTORIA, British Columbia – Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) recorded her 200th career point as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team with a second period power play goal, but Canada’s Victoria Bach scored at 3:22 of the five-minute three-on-three overtime period to give the hosts a 3-2 victory here tonight in game three of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series.|
The U.S. leads the best-of-five series two-games-to-one heading into Wednesday’s (Feb. 5) contest in Vancouver. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. PT and the game will be televised live by NHL Network.
“It was a great atmosphere here tonight,” said U.S. head coach Bob Corkum of the at-capacity crowd at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. “We certainly didn’t play our best game and overall, I thought it was a sloppy game by both teams. In the end, hats off to Canada. We’ll re-focus our efforts and be ready to go on Wednesday in Vancouver.”
Netminder Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) made several key stops in a scoreless first period, including one at the 9:27 mark of the frame when she slid across the crease to make the save on a close-range shot.
Blueliner Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) contributed with a key blocked shot that foiled a Canada scoring chance with under six minutes to play.
Canada opened the scoring 5:33 into the second period thanks to a shorthanded goal from Brianne Jenner, but the U.S. responded on the power play when Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) found Knight at the right circle who fired the puck off the pipe past Canada goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens to even the score at 1-1 at 12:01.
Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.) gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead early in the third period. DaniCameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) passed to Harmon in front of the net who wasted no time in shooting it past the blocker of Desbiens. The goal was Harmon’s first as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Canada scored on the power play with just under seven minutes to play to tie the game at two. After gathering the puck at the top of the circles, Brigette Lacquette fired a shot that deflected off a U.S. body in front of the net and past Hensley.
Hensley and Desbiens each finished with 20 saves.
NOTES: Canada outshot the U.S., 23-22 … The U.S. finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-5.