- Americans triumph 2nd continuous match of a 9-match sequence.
- United States goaltender Maddie Rooney gets a save during a 2-0 victory above Canada in the Rivalry Series on Tuesday.
The United States wins their second match against Canada:
The Beijing Olympics are yet two months away, but the battle between the Canadian and American women’s hockey sides is already going great.
The sellout mob at Ottawa’s TD Place got a first-hand glimpse on Tuesday night, and while they may have been frustrated by the outcome, they were extremely pleased.
Maddie Rooney posted a shutout for the U.S., blocking 26 chances in a 2-0 victory over Canada in the fourth match of the Rivalry Series.
Ann-Renee Desbiens earned 18 blocks for Canada.
The series is drawn 2-2 after Canada won the first two matches and the Americans battled back for a 3-2 overtime victory on Sunday.
“I think one of the big takeaways is that it’s going to be a battle right to the end,” stated Canada’s manager Troy Ryan. “It’s going to be competitive. I think both teams match up well together against each other and we can expect a battle moving forward.” Source – cbc.ca
Rooney seemed firm from start to end and was in class when required most.
“It’s just a common phrase, but your goaltender is your best penalty killer and I thought Maddie was fantastic Tuesday,” stated U.S. manager Joel Johnson. “Not just on the penalty kill, but overall.” Source – cbc.ca
Special teams were confirmed to be the opposition on the night as Hillary Knight and Amanda Kessel each scored a power-play goal for the Americans.
After a scoreless first phase, Canada managed to play at the origin of the other, but the penalty problem left them loitering 2-0 by the edge of the frame.