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GAMEDAY: U.S. Faces Canada in WWC Opener

By, 03/31/17, 5:15AM EDT


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GAME DAY: Tonight is the first meeting between the U.S. and Canada at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on the NHL Network in addition to be streamed live on You can also follow game updates on Twitter @USAHockey and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WWC2017. For ticket information, click here. 

LAST MEETING: Prior to the 2017 IIHF WWC, the last meeting between the two teams at the women’s worlds was on April 4, 2016, in the gold-medal game in Kamloops, British Columbia, as the U.S. defeated Canada in a 1-0 overtime thriller.

USA vs. CANADA: In the IIHF Women’s World Championship, Team USA has a 9-3-5-8-0 record (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 25 games overall against Canada. The teams have played to overtime on eight occasions, three of which resulted in a shootout. Nineteen of the 25 games have been decided by two goals or less, while 12 have been one-goal games.

BORDER RIVALRY: The United States and Canada are the only gold-medal winners in Olympic Winter Games and International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship history. Team USA won the inaugural Olympic gold medal in 1998, while Canada has taken the top prize in the four Games since (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). 

OPENING SUCCESS: The U.S. is 16-0-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in opening games at the IIHF WWC with the only loss coming in a 3-2 shootout against Canada in 2013. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Meghan Duggan is captain for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She has served as captain at multiple events for the U.S., most recently for a  pair of games against Canada in December 2016, including the Team USA Winter Champions Series. She was also the captain at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Kacey Bellamy and Monique Lamoureux-Morando will serve as alternate captains.

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Defenseman Kali Flanagan, forward Kelly Pannek and goaltender Maddie Rooney will all be making their debuts with the national team during this event.

From L to R: Pannek, Ronney and Flanagan set to make Team USA debut

MAINSTAYS: Kacey Bellamy, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Emily Pfalzer and Alex Rigsby have participated in every event with the U.S. Women's National Team since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Of those seven players, Coyne, Decker and Lamoureux have played in every game for Team USA since the 2014 Olympics. 

PATTY PROUD: Meghan Duggan (2011), Brianna Decker (2012), Amanda Kessel (2013), Alex Carpenter (2015) and Kendall Coyne (2016), have won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Eleven other players on the roster have been top-10 finalists.

MEDAL COUNT: Entering this year, this team of players have competed in a combined 79 IIHF WWC’s over eight years (2007-2016) and have 66 gold medals and 13 silver medals between them.

Date Opponent Round Time (ET)/Result U.S. Player of Game
Fri., March 31 Canada Preliminary W, 2-0 Nicole Hensley
Sat., April 1 Russia Preliminary W, 7-0 Kendall Coyne
Mon., April 3 Finland Preliminary W, 5-3 Hannah Brandt
Thurs., April 6 Germany Semifinal W, 11-0 Kendall Coyne
Fri., April 7 Canada Gold-Medal Game W, 3-2 OT Kacey Bellamy

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