The final minutes included not only several good U.S. chances but a skirmish that earned two players five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said long-time Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Caroline Ouellette sent Canada to a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. A little more than a minute later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any U.S. attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots. Until a late power play, the U.S.
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coach: “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go” Scuffle breaks out at end after USA player collides with Canadian goalie SHARE 3 CONNECT 6 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE BURLINGTON, Vt. – It’s a long road to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and two North American rivals took one more step along the way as Canada held fast for a 3-2 victory against the USA women’s hockey team at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night. “You better be ready to play when the puck drops and play 60 minutes of hockey,” said USA coach Katie Stone after her team turned in a lackluster opening 40 minutes. “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass.
somewhat sleepy and vulnerable. The United States will continue to go broke buying foreign oil and cheap goods from Asia, then guarding countries that could and should pay for their own protection and, while they are at it, ‘buy American.’ ” “There has to be some kind of strategy,” she told FP. Ms. Francis was born in Chicago and holds dual citizenship — but she’s not some American agent provocateur. She acknowledges there is a certain paranoia about American intentions north of the border. “I think it’s a function of being the little guy next to the big guy and always having to worry,” she says. But there are real benefits to the merger — “synergies,” she notes in corporate terms — especially for Canada. By erasing the border, Canada would gain a military with a stake in protecting its resources from foreign incursions, and the investment capital and people to develop oil, natural gas and other mining projects in the country’s undeveloped north. The United States, for its part, would have access to an estimated 13 percent of the world’s remaining undiscovered oil reserves and 30 percent of its undiscovered natural gas. “The most obvious synergy,” she writes, “would be matching Canada’s undeveloped resource potential with America’s money, markets and workers.” In particular, Ms. Francis, who is a director for Aurizon Mines, Ltd., which operates a gold mine in Quebec, wants to see the United States invest in infrastructure in Canada’s far north, which now lacks the roads, ports and pipelines necessary to make resource extraction possible.
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The results mean little, but the preparation is key for two teams likely to meet again at the gold-medal game in Sochi. Canada, the three-time defending Olympic champion, and the U.S. have met in three of four Olympic finals, and all 15 women’s world championships. The Americans defeated Canada 3-2 in Ottawa this year to reclaim the world title. Canada’s head coach Dan Church had that loss at the worlds in mind after the win Saturday. “I think we wanted to set the tone here for the series,” he said. “We also wanted to have a little redemption based on our last game. I think that’s the way it’s going to go for both teams as we move through this year. No one’s going to want to let the other one get up too many, so it was a good start for us.” The game ended in a brawl. A U.S. player clipped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados outside her crease with just over three minutes left, sparking the fight with all 10 skaters squaring off. Two players from each team were charged with major penalties for roughing and game misconducts. “We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system,” said Hayley Wickenheiser.