Saturday, April 11, 2009

IIHF WW: CAN 2 - USA 1

In a meaningless game to wrap up the qualifying round (both teams were already assured a spot in the Gold Medal game prior to this game), Canada defeated USA yesterday in a matchup that somewhat previews the Gold Medal game. I say "somewhat" because the US didn't go with Vetter in goal yesterday, and I imagine that she'll play on Sunday.

Box: IIHF
Recaps: usahockey, hockeycanada
Photos: usahockey/IIHF HHOF

No goals by any Badgers, but it sounds like blog favorite Megan Duggan had a really nice scoring opportunity in the 1st period:
In a tightly contested first period, the score remained 0-0 after 20 minutes. Team USA's best opportunity came just after the halfway point when it appeared that Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) scored as she went down in front of the Canadian net, but Charline Labonte got her glove on the puck just before it crossed the goal line.
Here's what USA head coach Mark Johnson had to say about the game:
"We took a few too many penalties," said Team USA Head Coach Mark Johnson, who is also the head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin. "When we did have opportunities on the power play, we didn't capitalize. Overall, it was a friendly match and we were able to get our feet wet and see what we are up against. Now we will make some adjustments and play again for a world championship on Sunday."
USA
F Hilary Knight 0-0-0, 3 SOG, -1
F Erika Lawler 0-0-0, 0 SOG, +1
F Meghan Duggan 0-0-0, 3 SOG, E
D Kerri Weiland 0-0-0, 0 SOG, E
D Molly Engstrom 0-0-0, 1 SOG, E
G Jessie Vetter DNP (Molly Schaus got the start)

CAN
F Meaghan Mikkelson 0-0-0, 0 SOG, -1
D Carla MacLeod 0-0-0, 6 SOG, E


UP NEXT: The Medal Games
Bronze: FIN v. SWE -- Sunday 4/12 @ 8 AM
Gold: USA v. CAN -- Sunday 4/12 @ 12 PM

IIHF WW 2009 by the numbers: The facts and figures behind Sunday's medal games