Canada ties Rivalry Series with 4-3 win over U.S.; final game at LCA
The Canadian Women’s National Team tied the 2019 Rivalry Series with a 4-3 win over the United States Thursday at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
The third and final game of the series is Sunday at noon at Little Caesars Arena. The U.S. won Game 1, 1-0 on Tuesday night in London, Ontario.
Canada had to rally from a 2-1 first-period deficit for the win. Leading the way were Marie-Philip Poulin and Jamie Lee Rattray with a goal and an assist each. Laura Fortino and Brianne Jenner also scored for the Canadians, and Genevieve Lacasse made 24 saves.
“We found a way to score goals and we found a way early,” Canadian coach Perry Pearn told the Toronto Star. “In these tight games, if you win the special-teams game, you often win the hockey game, and tonight we won the special-teams game 2-1. And that’s the difference.”
Fortino’s and Jenner’s goals came on the power play.
Alex Carpenter (power play), Hannah Brandt and Brianna Decker scored for the U.S., and Hilary Knight had two assists.
“Though we got off to a good start with a couple of goals in the first period, we spent too much time playing with a player down in the second to be able to play our game and really hit our stride,” U.S. coach Bob Corkum said on the USA Hockey website. “With that said, I’m proud of the way we competed until the final buzzer.
“We know we have some things to work on, and we’ll be ready to go again on Sunday in Detroit.”