Sarah Nurse scored with less than five minutes into the game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Thursday night after losing the first three games of the seven-game Rivalry Series.
“Sometimes hard shots can come in, you put the puck in the net, you put the goalie in a bad position, so that’s what happened tonight,” the nurse said. “That’s why we have the goalkeeping coach, who examines these girls we’re playing against, and does a great job putting the packs together.”
Jamie Lee Rattray and Blayre Turnbull also scored for Canada, and Kristen Campbell stopped 21 shots. Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight scored for the Americans and Rooney made 13 saves.
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The series will continue Saturday in Los Angeles.
“I love the way the players play instinctively in this series,” said USA coach John Wroblewski. “As coaches, it feels like we’re trying to give them a plan to play, but it’s not a chess match as you’ll see sometimes. [on] the male side of the business. Women play on instinct, they play with great passion, and it’s really another tight game that can go either way.”
It turned out to be a hit that was heard on social media when Brother Phil scored almost simultaneously in Chicago for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights and sent shockwaves on Twitter.
“I’ve been trying to load it here for the last five minutes and I can’t see it,” Kessel said of his brother’s goal right after the game. “I mean, I wonder if you’re prettier than mine.”
🚨 THIS IS NOT AN EXERCISE. PHIL KESSEL AND HIS BROTHER AMANDA ONLY GO AT THE SAME TIME. 🚨 https://t.co/AtmMm7LXHc
It was a draw for Canada when Rattray slid solo in a split and stole the puck and beat Rooney at the 6:51 mark of a second. Turnbull put the Canadians ahead with just over a minute to a second.
Knight scored in a breakout in the third round.