FÜSSEN, Germany – Rebecca Leslie (Ottawa, Ont./Boston University, HE) scored on a last-minute power play, but Canada’s National Women’s Development Team dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to Russia to close out its preliminary-round schedule Thursday at the 2018 Nations Cup.
The loss means Canada will play in the fifth-place game Saturday against the third-place team from Group A, which will be decided at the end of prelim play Friday.
Goaltending and special teams dominated the game; the teams combined for 15 power plays, but netminders Tricia Deguire (Sherbrooke, Que./McGill University, RSEQ) and Nadezhda Morozova kept the game scoreless for more than 58 minutes.
The penalty killers were put to the test in the second period; Canada had six power plays in the middle frame – including a trio of five-on-three chances – while the Russians had a pair of opportunities of their own.
Russia finally broke through with 1:35 to go when Valeriya Pavlova netted a shorthanded goal.
Deguire went to the bench shortly after for a six-on-four advantage, but Anna Shokhina found the empty net with 57 seconds left for another shorthanded marker.
That goal ended up as the game-winner after Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont,/Boston University, HE) set up Leslie for a power-play goal at 19:26 of the third period.
“We had plenty of opportunities but weren’t able to capitalize. We have a strong, united team that continues to work hard and push our opponents until the very end. I am looking forward to seeing us continue on together at Nations Cup and to get a win in our next game.”
Goaltender Tricia Deguire on the Canadian team’s performance in Füssen
“We are a development team and we are here to learn. It is a great experience for us to play an Olympic team for a second night in a row. We had a very competitive game against Finland last night and it was a quick turnaround for us today. Again another good opportunity to learn for our players.”
Canada’s head coach Noémie Marin on the role of the Nations Cup for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team