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U.S. meets Canada in 2019 IIHF WWC prelims

By USA Hockey, 04/06/19, 1:15AM EDT


Watch live on NHL Network; puck drop set for 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Women’s National Team (1-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will continue preliminary-round play in the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship tonight against its northern rival, Canada. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. local time/12:30 p.m. ET.

As the Group A round-robin stage continues, the U.S. will meet Canada in its second game of the tournament tonight at Metro Areena in Espoo. All U.S. games are televised live on NHL Network for the first time ever this year, so tune in and follow along with @USAHockey for live game updates.

Melissa Samoskevich
 (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) strung together five unanswered goals in the third period to power the U.S. Women’s National Team past Finland, 6-2, in its opening game of the 2019 IIHF Women's World ChampionshipKendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) also added a goal in the first period and was the game's scoring leader with one goal and two assists for three points, earning her U.S. player of the game honors. For the full game recap and highlights, click here.

The U.S. has faced Canada more than any other team in IIHF Women’s World Championship play, owning a 10-4-5-8/W-OTW-OTL-L record. The teams have played into overtime on nine occasions, three of which resulted in a shootout. Twenty-one of the 27 games have been decided by two goals or less, while 13 have been one-goal games. The last time these two teams squared off at the IIHF Women’s Worlds was in 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan, in the tournament gold-medal game. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored the game-winning goal with 9:43 to play in overtime lifting the U.S. over Canada, 3-2, to claim the program’s fourth-straight world title.

The U.S. and Canada faced off in a three games this February part of the first-of-its-kind 2019 Rivalry Series. An exciting precursor to the 2019 IIHF Women’s Worlds, the series brought the excitement of the U.S.-Canada rivalry to London and Toronto, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. Knight scored the game-winning goal and Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) recorded a 33-save shutout to secure a hard-fought, 1-0 victory for Team USA, in the opening game of the series. Though Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) each scored, the U.S. fell 4-3 in game two, and then despite another strong effort by Rigsby between the pipes, the U.S. dropped the series finale, 2-0, in Detroit.

2019 U.S. Schedule

All U.S. games were televised live on NHL Network
Games were held at Metro Areena

Thu., April 4 Finland
Espoo, Finland W, 6-2 NHL Network Kendall Coyne Schofield
Sat., April 6 Canada
Espoo, Finland W, 3-2 NHL Network Dani Cameranesi
Sun., April 7 Switzerland
Espoo, Finland W, 8-0 NHL Network Megan Keller
Tue., April 9 Russia
Espoo, Finland W, 10-0 NHL Network Lee Stecklein
Thu., April 11 Japan
Espoo, Finland W, 4-0 NHL Network Maddie Rooney
Sat., April 13 Russia
Espoo, Finland W, 8-0 NHL Network Hilary Knight
Sun., April 14 Finland
Gold-Medal Game
Espoo, Finland W, 2-1 (SO) NHL Network Annie Pankowski

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