Brigette Lacquette (Mallard, Man.) tied it on the power play with 6:48 left and Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont.) won it 3:22 into overtime, giving Canada’s National Women’s Team a 3-2 extra-time victory over the United States in Game 3 of the Rivalry Series on Monday night.
After dropping the first two games in December, Canada kept its hopes of a series win alive with a come-from-behind triumph in the 152nd meeting between the long-time rivals.
Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.) put in the work in the overtime winner, racing down the left wing and slipping a centring pass to Bach, who tucked a backhand through U.S. goaltender Nicole Hensley.
Bach has scored four career goals with Team Canada, all against the United States and all in a span of five games this season.
“We got that first goal quick, they got two goals and we just kept fighting back. It just shows the nature of our team; we’re a hard-working team, we’re going to compete and give it our all. Every single time we get to play the U.S. it’s a good rivalry between us, and we just have to go out and give it our all. It was especially nice to get the win in front of all these fans on home soil.”
– Victoria Bach on the win
Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.) had the other goal for Canada and added an assist.
Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) posted the win between the pipes, making 20 saves.
Down by a goal with time ticking away, the Canadians took advantage of penalty trouble by the U.S.; just as the first half of a two-man advantage expired, Lacquette gathered the rebound off a blocked shot and let go a shot that hit an American stick and eluded Hensley to tie the game.
After a scoreless first period that was not short on chances – Turnbull had a sure goal taken away by a sliding Megan Keller in the crease late in the opening frame – both teams converted on special teams in the second.
Jenner opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal five-and-a-half minutes in; all alone on a breakaway, the puck rolled off her stick but still found its way past Hensley.
Hilary Knight tied it less than seven minutes later on a U.S. power play, hammering a slap shot short side on Desbiens.
Savannah Harmon gave the Americans their first lead early in the third period when she jumped in off the blue-line and snapped a shot past Desbiens, but the Canadian comeback was on from there.
“I don’t ever get too high or too low in the game, but I thought we played well. The first period was really good, I thought we came out playing on our toes. In the second we stepped back a little bit, were a bit more passive, and I thought we picked it back up in the third.”
– Head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.) on his team’s performance
“I think the fans were pretty excited; they were here about an hour and a half watching us for off-ice warm-up, so they’re definitely dedicated. It was fun, they were super loud and they were like the seventh player out there. We enjoyed playing for them and we’re glad to get the win for them.”
– Desbiens on the fan support
The series makes its final Canadian stop Wednesday night in Vancouver (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) before it heads south for the finale Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).