Canada Beats USA 5-1 on Pre-Olympic Women’s Hockey Tour
BOSTON (AP) — Natalie Spooner and Meghan Agosta scored 82 seconds apart at the end of the second period to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over the United States on Wednesday night in the second matchup between the women's hockey powers on their pre-Olympic exhibition tour.
Laura Fortino's short-handed goal five minutes into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and kicked off a three-goal spurt that shocked the hosts and a sold-out crowd at Boston University's Agganis Arena. Spooner also scored in the first period, Marie-Philip Poulin added one in the third and Geneviève Lacasse stopped 37 shots for Canada.
Three days after the Americans opened the series with a 5-2 victory in Quebec, Canada paid them back with a mirror-image blowout on the road.
Nicole Hensley stopped 12 of 16 shots before Alex Rigsby came on for the third period and stopped six of seven shots. Emily Pfalzer scored the only goal for the Americans, tying the game midway through the first period about four minutes after Spooner opened the scoring.
The North American neighbors are the biggest powers in women's hockey, winning every Olympic gold medal between them and all but one of the silvers.
The Americans honored the team that won the inaugural Olympic tournament in Nagano in 1998. The U.S. has not won the gold medal since — a 20-year drought for a country that has won seven of the last eight world championships and never failed to earn an Olympic medal of some sort.