- On Thursday, Emily Clark scored the game-winning goal late in the game in a 3-2 victory over the PWHPA all-stars.
- The Canadian women’s hockey team is training in Calgary ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
In a 3-2 triumph over the PWHPA all-stars on Thursday, Emily Clark scored the game-winning goal late in the game.
All of Canada’s goals came in the third period. With 52 seconds left, Clark clinched the match.
At WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre, captain Marie-Philip Poulin got a goal and an assist, and Rebecca Johnston also scored for Canada. For the win, Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 22 of 24 shots.
Shea Tiley, the goaltender for PWHPA, was a workhorse, stopping 53 shots. The all-stars got goals from Alexandra Labelle and Sarah Lefort.
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Despite being outshot 32-15, the all-stars led 1-0 after two periods. At 16:23 of the second period, Labelle scored, but Johnston answered at 6:04 of the third.
Poulin put Canada ahead at 17:30 of the third period, but Lefort drew the all-stars equal just over a minute later.
The Canadian women’s hockey team is training in Calgary ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
Last week, three of the 29 athletes invited to Calgary were disqualified, leaving 26 players in contention for a position on the 23-player squad that will be unveiled later this month.
Meaghan Mikkelson, a three-time Olympian, and defender, made her first appearance for Canada on Thursday after suffering a knee injury that necessitated surgery in June.
The PWHPA arose from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which ended its 12-year run in 2019.
The organization hosts showcase tournaments and games to raise funds and awareness for a long-term women’s pro league with the same competitive and financial support as the men’s.
PWHPA members make up the bulk of national team players in Canada and the United States.
Loren Gabel, Sarah Potomak, Brigette Lacquette, and Laura Fortino — all of whom have previously represented Canada at world championships and Olympic Games — were on the PWHPA roster on Thursday, as was forward Jessie Eldridge, who was dismissed off Canada’s centralized squad last week.
On Saturday, the PWHPA all-stars and Canada will meet again in Calgary. On December 15, the Rivalry Series between Canada and the United States continues in St. Louis.
Canada had a 2-1-1 record in the nine-game series.
Source: Global News
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