|WNY Native Hayley Scamurra Scores The Loan USA Goal|
|My Why Tour Continues in Connecticut Monday|
|ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.) tallied Team USA’s lone goal as the U.S. Women’s National Team fell 3-1 over Canada at PPL Center in Allentown, Penn., in the opener of the My Why Tour, presented by Toyota.|
“I couldn’t have been prouder of our overall group effort,” said Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), head coach of the 2021 U.S. Women’s National Team. “Obviously as a professional organization you don’t settle for losses but I was pleased with how we played. We’re going to learn from the things we can and move on and look forward to Monday.”
The U.S. got off to a quick start with a shot from Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) but Canada slowed the U.S. down through the next five minutes. Team USA was then able to rattle off five-straight shots within the following two minutes, highlighted by Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) with back-to-back looks on net, including a point-blank rebound opportunity, but Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer blocked it away.
Team Canada’s Sarah Fillier converted on a power-play opportunity with just over six minutes to play in the opening period to give Canada a 1-0 lead headed into intermission. Team USA was in control in the middle frame, allowing just one shot on goal through 17 minutes of play.
Strong defensive play also brought opportunities for the U.S. offensively, drawing two penalties just minutes apart.The offense kept pushing as Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) sent the puck to Caroline Harvey (Salem, N.H.), who sent a blast on goal.
Scamurra was on the doorstep and buried the rebound to tie the game at one more than halfway through the frame, which is how the middle period finished.Team Canada broke the tie a little over five minutes into the third period. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) got behind the Canadian defense off a turnover and put the puck on net but Maschmeyer made the save to keep its lead.
The U.S. continued its strong play defensively as it only allowed four shots through most of the frame.Starting goaltender Alex Cavallini (Delafield, Wis.) went to the bench with a minute left for an extra attacker, but the U.S. couldn’t covert as Canada scored on the empty net to make the 3-1 final.
Cavallini started in net for the U.S., stopping 16 shots.
The U.S. continues the My Why Tour, presented by Toyota, Monday against Canada in Hartford, Conn. at 7:00 p.m. ET. Monday’s contest against Canada will be televised live in the United States on NHL Network.