Canada takes Group A with win over United States
Team Canada managed the sustained pressure put on by the United States to come out on top with a 4-2 victory in their final round robin game on Day 4 of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The two teams, who met multiple times ahead of the Games as part of a Friendly Series, both entered the game with undefeated 3-0 records. Brianne Jenner got things started for Canada, taking advantage of a cross-checking penalty by American Caroline Harvey to score on the power play and put Canada up 1-0 14 minutes and ten seconds into the first period.
The United States’ Dani Cameranesi tied it up at 9:17 into the second period. Alex Carpenter then gave the red, white and blue the 2-1 advantage at 11:34, scoring in the final seconds of a powerplay brought on by a boarding penalty called against Saskatoon’s Emily Clark.
Canada quickly answered back with a pair of their own goals as Jenner recorded her second of the game with eight minutes to go in the period and Jamie Lee Rattray scored at 14:25 to retake the one-goal lead 3-2 for the red and white.
Late in the second period, with the United States on a powerplay, Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin had a short-handed breakaway, but she was interfered with, leading to a penalty shot. Poulin capitalized, putting Canada up 4-2 heading into to the final period.
Despite outshooting Canada 21-6 in the third period and having two powerplay chances, the Americans couldn’t find the back of the net and the Canadians secured the win.
Team Canada goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens made 51 saves on 53 shots, while her American counterpart Maddie Rooney went 23 for 27.
Canada finishes the round robin undefeated with a 4-0 record and atop the Pool A. Up next will be quarter-final game against Sweden on Day 7 with puck drop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:10 a.m. Sask time.
Clark returned to the Team Canada bench after sitting out the game against R.O.C. due to a COVID-19 protocols and was joined by referee Cianna Lieffers, who also hails from Saskatoon.
Lieffers had a moment in the spotlight during the game after American Amanda Kessel’s stick hit her in the face and cut her just above the lip. Lieffers temporarily left the game to receive medical attention, but returned to finish the game.
Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca.
Olympic Notes: Read the full recap of Day 4 at olympic.ca…Canada remains at six medals (One gold, one silver and four bronze).