Nov. 7, 2012
The Gophers and Team USA received their first loss of the Four Nations Cup as the World's top-ranked team in Canada pulled out a 3-1 victory.
Neither team notched a goal in the first period, but a lot of physical play went on between the two border countries. The Americans would be charged with four penalties, including an Amanda Kessel slashing call, while the Canadians received two penalties.
Senior captain Megan Bozek headed the offensive charge early on as she tallied three shots, none of which were on goal. Former Gophers Anne Schleper also recorded one shot in the period.
In the second period, the USWNT was able to be the first on the board as Hilary Knight slipped a goal in at 5:23. Both Bozek and Schleper were on the ice for the goal and ended the game with a plus/minus rating of +1.
Canada answered at the end of the period by scoring the equalizer at 16:45 and then the eventual game-winning goal only 35 seconds later.
Team USA looked to tie the game up again in the third period, but the Canadians were able to take a two-goal advantage at 16:38 to put the game out of reach for the Americans.
All five Gophers received considerable playing time, but Schleper and freshman Milica McMillen posted more time on the ice than any other players.
The USWNT takes a day off to rest before facing the 2012 Four Nations Cup host in Finland, who defeated Sweden 4-2 today.