VANCOUVER, B.C - USA Hockey took a 3-1 strangle hold on the 2020 Rivalry Series thanks to an impressive 3-1 win over Hockey Canada. Dani Cameranesi, Hayley Scamurra, and Hilary Knight each scored for USA Hockey. Jocelyne Larocque scored Canada’s lone goal.
Katie Burt made 11 saves to earn her first U.S. senior national team win.
”It feels great,” Burt explained to The Ice Garden post-game. “We put so much work in. Our team played great. I think in the first two period we didn’t play all that well. We talked about it going into the third period and we came out firing. We played our game and you saw we took control in that third period. It’s awesome. This is a great feeling.”
A crowd of 8,467 was on hand at Rogers Arena as the U.S. scored a pair of third period goals to break a 1-1 tie. To add to the loss Knight shushed the crowd after scoring an empty net goal. The former Wisconsin Badger explained her celebration.
”Yeah a lot of it is from 2010,” Knight told reporters post-game. “I had some back and forth after our gold medal loss with the fans up here. I definitely take that to heart. They were pretty quiet the entire game. I’m happy we could get a win and go back to home soil and play in front of our home crowd.”
🚨USA GOAL— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) February 6, 2020
Knight grabs the puck as Maschmeyer is heading off and gets the empty net. and says SHHHHH to the Canada crowd
USA 3, Canada 1 pic.twitter.com/L6W4dnxMQw
Asked to specify what the back and forth was with Vancouver fans, Knight continued.
“We were told to go back to our country and die. I took it pretty personally. It’s salt from ten years ago.”
Canada’s goal-scorer was not happy to see such an exuberant post-goal celebration.
”It is, what it is,” Larocque said. “Let’s just say I’m happy she’s not on my team.”
The U.S. was able to score early thanks to a fortunate bounce that went against Canada. Cameranesi threw the puck towards the net and had it bounce off Emerance Maschmeyer’s left skate and into the net.
Canada quickly answered back with a goal from blue-liner, Jocelyne Larocque. Melodie Daoust found the Manitoba native in the slot. Larocque picked the top left corner on Burt.
After both teams settled in and exchanged goals in the opening period, the intensity picked up in the middle frame. There was a parade to the penalty box with Canada earning four power play opportunities.
Despite the advantages, Canada was only able to muster one shot on goal.
Burt made sure USA Hockey never fell behind. The Massachusetts native made a pair of terrific saves, and got some extra help from her post when Larocque looked to have a wide open net at the back door.
The U.S. persistence paid off half-way through the third period when Hayley Scamurra gave her team a 2-1 lead. Knight delivered a beautiful pass from behind the net to find Scamurra wide open. The 25-year-old was unchecked and beat Maschmeyer for the series winner.
another view of the tick-tack-toe goal by scammura pic.twitter.com/XiD1yf5W60— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) February 6, 2020
”Yeah it was a pass from behind the net to the other post,” Maschmeyer said. “Right out in front, a quick shot, and it just caught me.”
USA Hockey had a second consecutive late third period lead, but unlike Monday in Victoria, there was no coming back for Canada.
Canada failed to score on their opportunities while the U.S. found a way to win when the U.S. said good Knight with an empty net goal.
USA Hockey will look to close out the 2020 Rivalry Series with another win on Saturday night in Anaheim, California where a record crowd of 11,000 is expected.