Schaus Makes 41 Saves in First U.S. Loss to Canada in Four Games
VICTORIA, B.C. – Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 41 saves, however the U.S. Women's National Team fell to Canada, 3-1, here tonight at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in front of a crowd of 6,072. The game was the first of a six-game series between the two teams during the 2009-10 season, three of which are part of the Qwest Tour in the U.S.
Canada went up 1-0 in the first period, which was followed by a scoreless second frame. The teams traded goals in the third to account for the 3-1 final.
"Molly Schaus played very well in net and gave us an opportunity in the third period to still be in the game, but we came up short," said Mark Johnson, head coach for Team USA. "We'll definitely take some things away from this game and continue with our process of preparation."
NOTES: Team USA was 0-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-5 ... Molly Schaus was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Click here for Team USA's roster ... Coverage of the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team and Qwest Tour can be found at QwestTour.com, as well as on the U.S. Women's National Team's Facebook page and on the Qwest Tour Twitter page ... Mark Johnson, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, is leading Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Dave Flint, head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, are serving as assistant coaches ... The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team will be centralized in Blaine, Minn., in the lead-up to the Vancouver Games.
Scoring By Period
Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Ruggiero (high-sticking), :48; CAN, Bonhomme (interference), :53; USA, M. Lamoureux (interference), 17:00.
Third Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Vaillancourt (Irwin, Johnston), 3:16; 3, USA, Lawler (Darwitz), 6:16; 4, CAN, Agosta (Wickenheiser), 8:55. Penalties: CAN, Piper (hooking), 3:30; CAN, Apps (roughing), 6:42; USA, Bellamy (roughing), 6:42; USA, Lawler (misconduct), 19:56; USA, Ruggiero (misconduct), 19:56; USA, M. Lamoureux (misconduct), 19:56; USA, Chu (misconduct), 19:56; CAN, Agosta (misconduct), 19:56; CAN, Sostorics (misconduct), 19:56; CAN, Piper (misconduct), 19:56; CAN, Wickenheiser (misconduct), 19:56.
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