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Captain Canada Scores Overtime Winner in Rivalry Series with USA

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Captain Canada Scores Overtime Winner in Rivalry Series with USA

Led by captain Marie-Philip Poulin, the Canadian women making up the country’s national team beat the United States 2-1 in overtime in the fifth game of the Rivalry Series on Wednesday evening.

Facing off in at the Centene Community Ice Center in St. Louis, MO. Canada finished off the Americans with 1:09 left in overtime, as the Canadian leader scored her second goal of the game on Alex Cavallini.

Picking up the puck and carrying it through the neutral zone, Poulin found Ste. Anne’s Jocelyne Larocque on the two-on-one. The playmaking defenceman slipped the puck back to Poulin at the netfront, who deflected it high past the American netminder for the overtime win.

Ann-Renee Desbiens made 31 saves for the victory, while the Americans saw Cavallini stop 24 of 26 shots directed her way. Hilary Knight scored the United States’ lone goal.

After giving Canada a 1-0 lead on a second period power play, Poulin needed just 3:51 of overtime to seal the deal for the now 3-1-1 Canadian squad. Through five games of the nine-game travelling Rivalry Series, Canada has the edge on their American counterparts, who now sit at 2-2-1.

Next up in the series is a rematch in St. Louis on Friday, before the teams take a trip to St. Paul, MN. on Monday.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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