CALGARY, Alta. – Ryleigh Houston (Winnipeg, Man./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA) scored the lone goal for Canada, but the United States scored three goals in the third and Canada’s National Development Team dropped a 3-1 decision on Friday.
Houston struck first for Canada with four and a half minutes left in the second period. Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) and Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University, WCHA) started a pretty passing play and Houston finished it off, snapping the shot home for the 1-0 lead.
Canada took the 1-0 lead into the third period, but Maureen Murphy got the Americans on the board less than three minutes into the final frame. With the Americans pressuring in the Canadian zone, she tipped a point shot from Jincy Dunne over the shoulder of Canadian goaltender Kristen Campbell.
“Today, the score doesn’t dictate how we played. I thought we were the dominant team and it’s tough because it is a process and we got better yesterday. They feel defeated right now [because the score says so], but they have to take some momentum from the way they played today.”
– Nadine Muzerall, head coach on her team’s effort
“I think we played our best game yet so far and it was your typical Canada-U.S. tight game; a hard battle. It didn’t go our way in the end, but I’m really proud of the way we played. We’re really working together as a unit, finding our stride and we just have to continue that going into Sunday’s game.”
– Micah Zandee-Hart, Team Canada captain
The game-winner for the U.S. also came of the stick of Jincy Dunne when she fired a point shot through traffic and into the back of the Canadian net midway through the third.
With the goalie pulled and Canada looking for the equalizer late in the third, Sydney Brodt sealed the victory for the U.S. with the empty netter.
Kristen Campbell was solid for Canada throughout the game, turning away 19 of 21 shots she faced including several point blank chances from the Americans in the second period.
Canada will look to avoid the sweep when the series wraps up on Sunday morning at the Markin MacPhail Centre (10 a.m. MT).