Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, RSEQ)
By JASON LA ROSE
FÜSSEN, Germany – Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, RSEQ) netted the lone goal in the shootout, leading Canada’s National Women’s Development Team to a 2-1 extra-time win over Sweden on Monday in the opening game of the 2016 Nations Cup.
After Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont./Boston University, HE) was turned away on Canada’s first attempt, Daoust beat Swedish netminder Minatsu Murase for the eventual winner
Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont./University of Minnesota, WCHA) stopped all three Swedish shooters – Jenni Asserholt, Pernilla Winberg, and Emma Nordin – to record the victory in the Canadian goal.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period, despite a penalty-filled opening 20 minutes; both teams had three opportunities on the power play in the first, but could not convert.
Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Brampton, CWHL) got the scoring started just 23 seconds into the second period off a set-up from Bach and Daoust, but Asserholt drew the Swedes even on the power play at 4:22.
That would be it for offence in regulation time, as Leveille and Murase, and both teams’ penalty-killing units, ensured the game reached an extra period; the Canadians finished 0-for-8 with the man advantage, while the Swedes went 1-for-7.
Canada returns to the ice Tuesday to close out its preliminary round schedule, facing Russia (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT).
“I think it was good, we spent a great week in Austria and sometimes as a player the anticipation can build up. We came together well as a team today playing against a strong team like Sweden and it was a good start for us.”
– Rattray on Canada’s performance in its Nations Cup opener
“As a team I felt that we executed what we wanted to do, at times we lacked some consistency as the game went on but give credit to Sweden they played really well against us. Also give credit to our players, we were a little snake-bitten around the net, we generated a lot of offence and we also had to face some adversity today which we hadn’t done a lot of on this trip and I think we grew as a team.”
– Head coach Dwayne Gylywochuk (Winnipeg, Man./Hockey Manitoba) on Team Canada’s play against Sweden