A newcomer to the U.S.-Canada rivalry potted the winner Wednesday in the nations’ first meeting since the Olympic hockey final shootout.
Sydney Brodt, a University of Minnesota Duluth junior, beat three-time Canadian Olympic goalie Shannon Szabados with 1:38 left for a 2-1 win at the Four Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The nations will likely meet again in the Four Nations Cup championship game Saturday. Finland and Sweden also take part in the annual tournament.
Brodt, 20, is playing her first games with the senior national team. The youngest captain in UMD history was not one of 24 forwards invited to USA Hockey’s spring 2017 camp that determined the bulk of the 13 forwards who went to PyeongChang.
PyeongChang Olympian Hannah Brandt tallied the other U.S. goal, 1:18 into the game. Canadian Loren Gabel tied it 3:30 into the third period.
Alex Rigsby, the No. 3 U.S. goalie at the Olympics, made 23 saves.
The U.S. made major changes since the Olympics, including a new head coach (Bob Corkum replacing Robb Stauber) and program director Reagan Carey stepping down after eight years at the helm.
The Four Nations Cup roster includes all of the stars from the Olympics save captain Meghan Duggan, who is sitting out with an injury but plans to return to the national team later in this Olympic cycle, and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who are pregnant.
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