USA! USA! USA!
The only times I feel this patriotic are when watching the Women’s USA Soccer or Hockey Team, watching Miracle, or when listening to Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” (don’t ask).
So with Team USA Women’s Hockey Team taking Games 1 and 2 of the 2019-2020 Rivalry Series against Team Canada, I’m feelin’ pretty patriotic.
I covered the last Rivalry Series when Ham Sports was in her infancy and Team Canada ended up taking the W but not this time. Team USA is coming for the crown and you can see that in the first 2 games.
Team USA’s first victory came in a 4-1 stomping of Team Canada back on December 14th in Hartford, Connecticut.
Although Victoria Bach gave Canada an early lead (literally 6:45 into the first), the US got even fast. Megan Keller put up Team USA’s first of 4 unanswered goals to victory just 2 minutes after Team Canada put up the first goal.
After her, Amanda Kessel (2nd 18:52), Abby Roque (3rd 2:49), and Alex Carpenter (3rd 4:04) scored the next 3 goals for Team USA. Abby Roque was playing in her U.S. Women’s National Team debut and picked up her first goal for the troubles.
Team USA’s goalie Alex Cavallini stopped 31 of 32 shots on net and was named the U.S. Player of the Game!
You can see all of the official stats from Game 1 here.
Now, flash forward to December 17th in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Game 2 of the Rivalry Series and what do you know Team USA wins again. This time Team USA won by a little bit smaller of a margin with the final score being 2-1 in Team USA’s favor.
Abby Roque was at it again with a goal just 2:43 into the game, getting the US set up early (she’s becoming my favorite player). Alex Carpenter wasn’t far behind with another goal at 14:09 into the first. Team USA would let up just one goal in the middle of the 2nd from Canada’s Ann-Sophie Bettez. But in the end, Team USA prevailed and here we are leading the Rivalry Series with 3 more games on the horizon.
Alex Carpenter was named U.S. Player of the Game.
You can find the stats for Game 2 here.
Now the final 3 Rivalry Series games aren’t until February. The next one is February 3rd in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Then February 5th the teams will play AT the Roder’s Arena, home of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. And the final game will take place on February 8th in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. You can go to Team USA’s official page here.
Hey, Alexa, can I
legally get my passport within 2 months to go watch women’s hockey???? Oh, wait I don’t have an Alexa. California is still in the US so a plausible place for me to go but California is a hike from Chicago. So is B.C. but a girl can dream.
Anyway, great job Team USA and I’ll be watching you finish the fight against Team Canada while rocking my Team USA jersey and American flag suit (once again, don’t ask).
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