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)
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
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”