Canada’s National Women’s Team Icebreaker Tournament recap
Canada finished second in its season-opening action at the Canada’s National Women’s Team Icebreaker Tournament in Calgary, Alta., Sept. 21-24, 2017, with a 2-2 record.
- The Calgary Northstars bested the National Women’s Team with a 4-2 win to open the Icebreaker Tournament on Thursday, and closed out tournament action with a 4-0 win on Sunday.
- Canada defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-1 on Friday, and topped the Calgary Royals 3-1 on Saturday.
- Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) led the Canadians in points with two goals and two assists in four games, while Geneviève Lacasse (Kingston, Ont.) recorded a .933 save percentage through the series.
“When you’re competitive, the results always matter; we want to win every game we go into. But it’s nice to know also that you’re improving as a player, getting your feel back, your touch back with the puck. It was great to have scrimmages against each other, but it’s always great to play against other opponents other than your teammates to get things going before the [Esso Series] kicks off.”
Natalie Spooner on stepping onto the ice for games after a month of practices and intrasquad scrimmages
“The Esso Series is so valuable for us. The [Midget-aged players] help us raise our level of excellence – we saw it four years ago heading into Sochi. When we arrived in February, we were well-prepared. We want to replicate that. We want to finalize our team as well, and make sure we develop a strong team chemistry come February so that we’re ready when we get to PyeongChang.”
Mélodie Daoust, Valleyfield, Que., on the importance of the Icebreaker Tournament and upcoming Esso Series in the team’s Olympic preparation
“Everything that we’re going to be doing is going to be working backward from the Olympic Games. It’s quite different from regular club-team play where every single weekend matters in terms of whether or not you make the playoffs. For us, all of those games [in the Esso Series] are going to be opportunities to continue to own what we’re good at, and work on the things that we need to continue to work on so that come February, we are ready to go and we’ll be at our best performance.”
Head coach Laura Schuler on the team’s focus during the Midget games and upcoming Esso series