The U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team squared up against Team Canada last night in Hartford, Connecticut during the first game of their “Rivalry Series”. Team Canada got on the board first, but USA struck back with 4 unanswered goals.
USA Remains a Powerhouse
HARTFORD, CT – During the opening game of the 2019-2020 Rivalry Series between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Team Canada, the Americans came out on top with an outstanding 4-1 victory. Team Canada got on the board first with a goal from Victoria Bach, a Boston University alum, 6:45 into period one.
It was clear from the puck drop that this game was going to be a battle. These two teams have a long history of match-ups at Olympic gold medal games and world championships. At this game, you could feel that same energy with American flags waving throughout the crowd.
Team Canada did not hold the lead very long. Only two minutes after Bach’s goal, defensemen Meghan Keller found the back of the net on a U.S. power play to tie the game at 1-1. Once again, USA found luck on the power play with a goal from Amanda Kessel towards the end of the second period. Kessel’s go-ahead tic-tac-toe goal was a thing of beauty and gave the veteran goaltender, Geneviève Lacasse, no chance of stopping the shot.
Team USA continued buzzing in the third period. Abby Roque capitalized on a rebound from Lee Stecklein’s shot for a marvelous goal to put Team USA ahead 3-1. This was Roque’s first game for the National Team and the rookie let her presence be known by this backhand, bar down goal.
Only moments after Roque’s goal, Alex Carpenter buried one to put USA up 4-1. Team USA played with a passion and an unmatched energy that allowed them to control the game.
U.S. veteran net minder, Alex Cavallini (formerly Alex Rigsby) had some tremendous saves in the win, stopping 31 of 32 shots that she faced. According to USA Hockey, Cavallini was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
Watch the next game of the Rivalry Series broadcast live on NHL Network on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30pm.