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Gameday: 2019-20 Rivalry Series Opens in Hartford

By USA Hockey, 12/14/19, 9:15AM EST


Puck drops at 7 p.m. ET; Live on NBCSN

The U.S. Women’s National Team will open the 2019-20 Rivalry Series tonight (Dec. 14) at 7 p.m. ET in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center. 

The game, which is part of the 2019 Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Network. 

GAMEDAY: Today will mark the opening contest of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series, a five-game series between the U.S. and Canada. The first event of its kind between the rival nations took place in a three-game format last February. Fans can catch all the action live in the U.S. by tuning into NBC Sports Network, and following along with @USAHockey using #RivalrySeries on Twitter.

LAST SERIES: The U.S. won the opening game in London, Ontario, with Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scoring the game-winning goal and Alex Cavallini (Delafield, Wis.) recording a 33-save shutout to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Canada struck back in game two, claiming a 4-3 win over Team USA in Toronto despite eight members Americans getting onto the score sheet. In the series finale at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the U.S. fell to Canada, 2-0, despite a 15-save outing for Rigsby. 

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: A total of six players are making their U.S. Women’s National Team debut, including Kelly Browne (Burlington, Mass.), Natalie Buchbinder (Fairport, N.Y.), Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D), Clair DeGeorge (Anchorage, Alaska), Aerin Frankel (New York, N.Y.) and Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.). Five of the six newcomers participated in the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship, combining for four medals at the 2014, 2015, 2017 and  2018 tournaments, including three gold and one silver. 

December Roster

2019-20 Series Schedule

Date Opponent TIME (ET)/Result Location Broadcast Tickets/U.S. Player Of The Game Game Stats
Sat., Dec. 14* Canada W, 4-1 XL Center
Hartford, Conn.
NBCSN Alex Cavallini Stats
Tue., Dec. 17 Canada W, 2-1 Avenir Centre
Moncton, N.B.
NHL Network Alex Carpenter Stats
Mon., Feb. 3 Canada L, 2-3 (OT) Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Victoria, B.C
NHL Network Hilary Knight Stats
Wed., Feb. 5 Canada W, 3-1 Rogers Arena
Vancouver, B.C.
NHL Network Katie Burt Stats
Sat., Feb. 8 Canada W, 4-3 (OT) Honda Center
Anaheim, Calif.
NHL Network Megan Bozek Stats

*The December 14 game in Hartford was part of the 2019 Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity.

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