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U.S. Women Fall to Canada, 3-1, in Game Prior to 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship

Posted April 8th, 2011 12:18am

U.S. Women Fall to Canada, 3-1,
in Game Prior to 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship
Thur April 7
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The U.S. fell to Canada by a 3-1 score here tonight at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in a game prior to the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship. The U.S. squad was made up of 20 of the 30 players vying for a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team, while Canada was skating with its final 21-player tournament roster.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EDT before the U.S. roster is announced on Saturday (April 9). The game can be viewed live at http://USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

Jen Schoullis (Erie, Pa.) scored for the U.S., while Brianne McLaughlin (Sheffield Village, Ohio) made 18 saves in her first-ever action against the Canadian National Team.

In a scoreless opening frame, the shots were 9-8 in favor of Canada. The U.S. penalty kill was successful on the team's only infraction of the frame, holding the Canadians shotless during the two-minute advantage.

Canada scored three consecutive goals in the second period to take a 3-0 lead before the U.S. tallied late in the stanza to make it 3-1.

First, Canada's Sarah Vaillancourt drove up the left side and shot the puck inside the near post at 1:55, then Meaghan Mikkelson notched a goal just after the Americans' first power play had expired at 9:14. Jayna Hefford kept the Canadian momentum going at 13:40 when she scored on a shorthanded breakaway, but the U.S. responded less than three minutes later as Schoullis, who is looking make the U.S. Women's National Team roster for the first time, scored at 16:39.

The 3-1 score held through the third period, during which time Canada held a 6-4 edge in shots.
 

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