U.S. Women defeat Canada 1-0 in Rivalry Series opener
Alex Rigsby made 33 saves to earn the shutout and Hilary Knight scored the only goal in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 1-0 win over Canada’s Women’s National Team on Tuesday night.
It was the first game of the 2019 Rivalry Series played before a capacity crowd of 8,435 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.
“This game was a battle for a full 60 minutes with both sides having great chances and great goaltending,” U.S. coach Bob Corkum said on the USA Hockey website. “The intensity of the rivalry was definitely on display here tonight, and we will look forward to building on this momentum Thursday in Toronto.”
Knight put in the rebound of a shot by Savannah Harmon with 1:28 left in the second period for the game winner. Dani Cameranesi got the second assist.
Emerance Maschmeyer made 20 saves for Canada.
“Maybe we were a little bit rusty, but . . . we were just a quick shot here or a rebound there away from tying the game and potentially winning it,” Canada coach Perry Pearn told the London Free Press.
Game 2 is 7 p.m. Thursday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The series’ finale is a noon game on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.