The U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team was once again victorious in the Rivalry Series against Team Canada. The stars and stripes put the pressure on the Canadians early-on in the game and they are now leading the series two games to none after a 2-1 win.
Roque ‘n’ Roll
MONCTON, New Brunswick – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued to dominate Team Canada in the second game of the five game Rivalry Series. The game was played in New Brunswick, Canada and the Canadians put up a fight in front of their home crowd.
In just her second game representing the red, white and blue, Abby Roque blasted a goal short side on Canadian tendy, Ann-Renee Desbiens, on a rush that developed from the neutral zone. Roque looked right as if she was going to pass during the surge and then fired the puck by Desbiens. This was the rookie’s second goal in only her second game with the national team, and she scored not even three minutes into period one.
Massachusetts native, Alex Carpenter, got on the score sheet yet again with a goal 14:49 into the first period. Carpenter’s goal resulted from a speedy drive from Amanda Kessel, who wrapped around the net and fed the puck to Kelly Pannek, where Carpenter was on the doorstep to burry the rebound.
The Canadians cut the lead to one in the second period when forward Ann-Sophie Bettez batted the puck out of the air to put it by American goalie, Aerin Frankel.
At only 20 years old, this was Aerin Frankel’s first start on the United States National Team. She was highly contested in the third period when Team Canada poured on the pressure in their offensive zone. Frankel had to come up with 5 back-to-back saves in the middle of the third that prevented Team Canada from forcing overtime. The 20-year-old tendy showed tremendous composure during this intense, physical match-up between the United States and Canada.
According to USA Hockey, Alex Carpenter was named the U.S. player of the game for her game winning goal. Tune in to NHL Network for the next three games of the Rivalry Series that will be played in February 2020!