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U.S. Women Fall to Rival Canada

11/07/2012, 1:00pm MST
By USA Hockey

VANTAA, Finland –The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Canada, 3-1, today in Team USA’s second game of the 2012 Four Nations Cup at Tikkurila Valtti Arena.

"(Canada) put up a lot of attack and Molly (Schaus) was a wall, so my hat’s off to her," said Katey Stone, head coach of Team USA. "There were some good things (in the game); the effort was certainly there but the execution wasn’t today."

After the two teams played to a scoreless tie in first period, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) netted the game’s first goal at 5:23 of the second period after sticking in the rebound off Kendall Coyne’s (Palos Heights, Ill.) shot.

Canada answered with back-to-back tallies near the end of the second period to take a lead into the final 20 minutes. Canada wrapped up the game by scoring its final goal late in the third period.

The U.S. penalty kill stifled Canada throughout the game, shutting down all eight Canadian power plays.

Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 23 saves in the contest, including 12 in the second period.

NOTES: Hilary Knight was chosen as Team USA’s Player of the Game … The next game of the tournament for the U.S. is against Finland on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. (12 p.m. EST)   

Game Summary   

Scoring by Period    1    2    3    F    
USA    0    1    0    1    
CAN    0    2    1    3       

First Period - Penalties: CAN, Hefford (cross-checking), 0:20; USA, Decker (cross-checking), 5:14; USA, Stack (hooking), 8:22; CAN, Poulin (tripping), 9:32; USA, Kessel (slashing), 10:07; USA, Stack (tripping), 14:16.        

Second Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Knight (Coyne), 5:23; 2, CAN, Poulin (Hefford, Ouellette), 16:45; 3, CAN, Apps (Wickenheiser), 17:20. Penalties: USA, Erickson (slashing), 6:25; USA, Erickson (slashing), 12:29. 
     
Third Period –  Scoring: 4, CAN, Wickenheiser (Apps, Spooner), 16:38. Penalties: USA, Chu (tripping), 6:52; USA, Stack (cross-checking), 11:10; CAN, Hefford (hooking), 19:08.        

Shots On Goal     1    2    3    Total    
USA    4    5    3    12    
CAN    7    14  5  26  
  
Goaltenders (SV/SH)     1    2    3    Total    
USA, Schaus, 60:00    7-7    12-14   4-5   23-26 
CAN, Labonte, 60:00    4-4    4-5    3-3    11-12    
  
Powerplay: USA, 0-2; CAN, 0-8
Penalties: USA, 8-16; CAN, 2-4    

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