Monday, August 31, 2009

Hockey Canada Cup G1: FIN 3 - USA 2

Hilary Knight tries to make a move to get by a Finnish defender. Photo by Dave Holland / Hockey Canada

The Hockey Canada Cup commenced earlier today, and Team USA lost the opening game of the tournament 3-2 to Finland, the bronze-medal team in the most recent IIHF Women's World Championship (April 2009).

Meghan Duggan scored the 2nd US goal. Jessie Vetter stopped 20 of 23 SOG.
"We ran into a goaltender that played exceptionally well, while not capitalizing on the opportunities we had," said Team USA Head Coach Mark Johnson. "It wasn't the way we wanted to start the tournament but all we can do is bounce back and play well against Sweden tomorrow. We'll take the lessons we learned and move forward from here."
usahockey: game notes, recap, photos
hockeycanada: box

Next up for Team USA: Tuesday 9/1 @ 4 PM CT -- Sweden

(FWIW, as I write this, Canada is leading Sweden 3-0 after 1 period, with CAN outshooting SWE 20-2. Yikes.)