Canada Beats US at 2019 WWUG with 1-0 Lead
June 08, 2019

An ice hockey battle between the USA and Canada is always one for the books, and the two teams’ encounter at the 2019 Winter World University Games was no different. Earlier this year in March, the teams travelled to Krasnoyarsk, Russia to battle it out for one of the top three winning positions – but in this particular game, it was Canada who managed to leverage a single point lead in their favor to get closer than ever to that winning title.

Hannah Stone of Lindenwood University – Belleville managed to make 56 saves on 57 shots as the US Women’s National University Team fell to the Canadian team 1-0 in its third WWUG game. After the score had remained unchanged throughout the first two periods, a third period interference penalty for the Americans allowed Canada to take advantage of the power play and score their single goal of the day.

Goal Scored in Final 36 Seconds of Game

Canada eventually found a way to pip Stone to the post for the first time in the game, with a nail-biting 36 seconds left on the clock to take the lead. While Team USA did successfully kill off four penalties in the competition to improve to 12 to 14 in its three prelim round games, it was not enough to take down their northern rivals in this particular instance.

The US team performed admirably by firing 23 shots on goal, but they unfortunately could not find the back of the net through the entirety of the game at the Pervomaisky Ice Arena. Group A-assigned Canada thus scooped their first win of the 2019 Winter World University Games (much to the delight of sports betting and apuestas deportivas Colombia enthusiasts), and will be back in 2021 to show the world just how skilled the Canucks are when it comes to their favourite national sport.

Canada Reveals 2019 National Ice Hockey Roster

It was at the beginning of March when Canada revealed its women’s world ice hockey championship team roster. The roster in question was selected by head coach Perry Pearn, head scout Melody Davidson, and Hockey Canada’s director of female hockey, Gina Kingsbury.

Six players made their first-ever debut for their country just a short while later, including forwards Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Quebec; Ann-Sophie Bettez of Sept Iles, Quebec; Loren Gabel of Kitchener, Ontario and Sarah Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario. On the defence side this year were Jamie Bourbonnais of Mississauga, Ontario and Micah Zandee-Hart of Saanichton, British Colombia, among a few other talented players to make up the nation’s 23-member team.

Canada made a valiant attempt to reclaim its world winning title at Espoo, Finland between April 4-14, but narrowly missed, losing to Finland 4-2 in the semi-finals. The nation won its latest title back in 2012 in Burlington, VT, and is keen to try once more for a solid victory at the upcoming 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

As for the 2019 WWUG results, Team USA recorded 23 shots overall in the game against Canada’s 57, with the US 0 for 4 on the power play and 4 for 5 on their penalty kill. At this year’s Winter World University Games, the American team competed in Group A alongside China, Russia, Canada, Japan and Switzerland at the Pervomaisky Ice Arena for their shot at gaining entry into the upcoming 2021 WWUG event.


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