HOCKEY CANADA MEDIA RECAP: Rivalry Series – Oct. 22
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Canada’s National Women’s Team opened up its nine-game Rivalry Series schedule with a 3-1 win over the United States in front of 4,621 fans at the PPL Center on Friday night.
- Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.) broke open a tie game and scored the eventual game-winner at 5:05 of the third period. She also added an empty-netter to seal the win in the final minute.
- Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) opened the scoring for Canada on the power play in the first period.
- Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) picked up a pair of assists.
- Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.) turned aside 28 shots to record the victory.
- The U.S. outshot Canada 29-20.
The Canadian leg of the Rivalry Series will begin Nov. 21 in Kingston, Ont., followed by a game Nov. 23 in Ottawa. Tickets for the games in Kingston and Ottawa go on sale Monday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. ET.
Canada vs. United States – Monday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will air all nine games of the series; check local listings for details.
“I thought the first period we came out fairly good, with good energy. We looked to create and transition quickly. The second period was just ugly. We came out flat and it was a combination of what they brought – they upped their game, but we were just sloppy and weren’t generating a whole lot. I thought we regrouped at the end of the second and carried it over in the third. It was a bit of an ugly win, but sometimes you have to find ways to win.”
– Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on the team’s effort
“I think it was our grit; we were willing to get in the dirty areas. At times it didn’t look pretty, but we knew it was the way we needed to play and it was our way. Sometimes you need to make the pretty plays, but more often than not you need to make the hard, gritty plays and our group was willing to do that.”
– Clark on the key to victory
“My team stepped up when I needed them. They were blocking a lot of shots in the third and did a great job at that. It made my job a lot easier as I could see pucks and when I couldn’t, they were blocking them.”
– Maschmeyer on the team’s defensive play
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