Canada’s ladies’s hockey crew falls to Hughes-led U.S. in Rivalry Sequence

Gabbie Hughes scored twice and the US ladies’s nationwide hockey crew improved to 2-0 in its Rivalry Sequence with a 5-2 win over Canada on Saturday.

Britta Curl scored the go-ahead purpose off a turnover halfway by way of the second interval in a recreation the People by no means trailed. Alex Carpenter had a purpose and help, Hilary Knight arrange two targets and Hannah Bilka additionally scored because the U.S. adopted up its series-opening 3-1 win at Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday.

Nicole Hensley stopped 23 photographs for the defending world champions in a recreation performed at Los Angeles.

Laura Stacey, with a shorthanded purpose, and Jamie Lee Rattray scored, and Kristen Campbell stopped 19 photographs for Canada, which has but to carry a lead in a seven-game sequence which shifts to Canada. The groups subsequent meet in in Kitchener, Ont., on Dec. 14.

The People now get pleasure from a three-game successful streak over their cross-border rivals relationship to a 6-3 win within the gold-medal recreation of the ladies’s world championships in April. The Rivalry Sequence is a lead as much as the world championships, which might be held in Utica, New York, from April 3-14.

The U.S. is dominating the sequence to this point regardless of that includes a youthful roster that features 10 faculty gamers. Canada’s roster options simply two gamers nonetheless in faculty.

With the sport tied at 1, Canadian defender Sophie Jaques’ cross by way of the center of her personal zone was intercepted by Curl, who stepped towards the web and had her shot get a bit of Campbell, with the puck trickling inside the fitting submit with 8:09 left within the second interval.

One other Jaques’ turnover in her personal zone led to Bilka scoring 4 minutes later. U.S. ahead Tessa Janecke tracked down a free puck behind the Canadian web and had her centring cross deflect off Jaques and on to Bilka, who stuffed it within the open proper facet.

The 23-year-old Jaques was making her Canadian nationwide crew debut, following her senior season at Ohio State the place she was faculty ladies’s hockey’s prime participant in successful the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award final season.

Hughes’ power-play purpose 3:19 into the third interval secured the win, coming 42 seconds after Rattray reduce the People’ result in 3-2.

Wisconsin sophomore Laila Edwards turned the primary Black participant to look in a recreation for the U.S. ladies’s nationwide hockey crew. From Cleveland, the 19-year-old Edwards has risen up USA Hockey’s ranks and was named MVP on the Beneath-18 world championships in June, when the People gained a silver medal.

Canadian defender Erin Ambrose didn’t return after hurting her proper leg within the second interval.

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