Team USA is now 2-0 in 2017 Four Nations Cup play after defeating Canada by a score of 4-2 tonight. The Americans now lead Canada 2-1 in pre-2018 Olympics play. As usual, current and former Boston College players had a huge role in tonight’s victory. Much like in last night’s win over Finland, Eagles scored half of Team USA’s goals tonight.
Cayla Barnes, the BC sort-of-freshman, struck first, scoring her second goal of the tournament. Barnes was playing with Boston College for the first month of the season, and joined Team USA just in time for this tournament... so she’s scored in both games she has played in.
Just under 3 minutes later, Megan Bozek put the US up 2-0 and the Americans went into intermission with a comfortable lead. Canada came out ready to fight and cut the lead to 1 just 3 minutes into the second period, and neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the frame.
Northeastern alumna Kendall Coyne scored a power play goal just 50 second into the final period to regain the 2 goal lead, which the Americans managed to hold onto until the final minutes of the game. Canada took advantage of a shorthanded breakaway to get back within a goal with 4:29 to play, but BC alumna Alex Carpenter scored a power play goal just 36 seconds later to make the score 4-2. Team USA’s Maddie Rooney made 20 saves in the win as the Americans outshot the Canadians 30-22.
Team USA returns to action on Friday for the final game of the first round. They will play a vastly outmatched Team Sweden at 6:30 PM. Sweden fell to Finland by a score of 3-1 earlier today and was shut out by Canada 9-0 on Tuesday.