SEATTLE, WA – The Rivalry Series between U.S.A and Canada landed at Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday November 20th. The game marked the third matchup in the five game series with the games played in Kelowna and Kamloops, B.C, Seattle, WA, Henderson, NV, and the final game in Los Angeles, CA.
The U.S. and Canada have remained dominant on the world stage routinely battling each other in gold-medal games of the IIHF Women’s World Championship and Olympic Winter Games.
In Game 1 of the Rivalry Series, the U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in a shootout where Alex Carpenter (#25) and Hilary Knight (#21) scored for the U.S; while Goalie Nicole Hensley (#29) blanked the Canadian team for the win.
Game 2 saw a more aggresive defensive stand by both teams. The back and forth game saw near misses on goal, and phenomenal saves on both ends. In the end the U.S. was able to take the advantage with a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead heading into game 3 in Seattle, WA.
Heading into Game 3 records were set in Seattle, WA as 14,551 fans packed Climate Pledge arena. This marks the largest attendance on U.S. soild in the Women’s National Hockey Team history. The game lived up to the hype.
Game 3 Recap
Goals: USA (4) Canada (2)
Shots on Goal: USA (29) Canada (24)
Saves: USA Nicole Hensley #29 (22) Canada Anne-Renèe Desbiens #35 (25)
Period 1 Highlights
Prior to the start of the game USA’s own Hilary Knight was honored with a golden stick to commemorate her record-breaking 87th career point in World Championships play. The U.S. minutes later would notch their first goal of the evening off of Savannah Harmon (#15) 40 seconds into the period. As the period rolled along, both teams started to settle into their respective strategies. With 8-minutes remaining in the period Canada notched their first goal of the night by Marie-Phillip Poulin (#29). Each team had multiple chances on goal closing out the 1st period with the score knotted at 1-1.
Period 2 Highlights
Coming into the 2nd period the U.S. jumped all over Canada once again scoring within the first minutes of play off Megan Keller’s (#5) rebound and ensuing scrum before USA’s Abbey Rogue (#11) banged home the go ahead goal giving the US a 2-1 advantage. Once again down, the Canadians found their composure continuing to hustle and create chances before notching the score at 2-2 off a goal by Sarah Nurse (# 20) Minutes later Hilary Knight (#21) would take advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone going one-on-one with the goalie to put the US up 3-1. Both teams ended an exciting 2nd period showing that neither would back down.
Period 3 Highlights
The period didn’t see the same fireworks as the previous two. Both teams worked to create chances on goal, but the U.S. was able to maintain control of the period using consistent pressure, physical play, and control of the puck. Around the half way point of the period Hilary Knight (#21) once again found the back of the net giving the U.S. a 4-2 lead, and securing the win. This puts the U.S. on a three game winning streak in the five game Rivalry Tour series.