In a game played on the second day of the Women’s World Under 18 Ice Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic, the Canadian team was able to score twice to break a 2-2 in the third period to defeat Russia.
In the opening game, played on Saturday, Canada was able to defeat Sweden after falling behind 1-0 early. Goals from Ashton Bell, Brette Pettet and a power play goal from Sarah Fillier in the second period put Canada on top 3-1 going into the final period. And when Olivia Knowles scored in early in the third, it was pretty much over for Sweden.
Against Russia, the Canadians were able to get out in front on a first period goal by Alexa Vasco and that’s the way the period ended with Canada up 1-0.
But in the second, Russia fought back and scored two goals, one by Oxana Bratisheva and the other by Alyona Starovoitova. But Canada came right back to tie it up when Audrey-Anne Veillette lit the lamp.
Russian goalie Valeria Merkusheva was sensational in this game and was a big reason Russia was able to keep the score close.Canada fired a total of 45 shots on the net in the game while facing only 14 from the Russian team. But in the third period, with the game tied at 2-2, Amy Potomak and Brette Pettet managed to bang pucks by Merkusheva to create the margin of victory.
Russia clearly played better in this game then in their first one against the US when they went down to a 6-1 defeat.
“They’re just a good team, plain and simple,” said Canada’s coach, Troy Ryan. “There’s not one thing in particular they did well today. They played well in the neutral zone. They play a 1-3-1 and try to clog things up. But they compete, play physical. We had the luxury of watching them play the U.S., so we knew what we were getting ourselves into.”
The win moved Canada to 2-0 in Group A play and sets up their next game on Tuesday against the US team.
The HockeyClan Writers