The atmosphere is absolutely electric here in Yardmen Arena. Over 3200 people came to watch Canada’s first match in this tournament. This is the largest audience ever for a women's U19 WFC.
1st Period Canada is facing Japan. Japan seemed to be dominating most of the possession during the first period with Canada getting a few fast break chances. On one of those chances, Kennedy (CAN) was awarded a penalty shot. She capitalized and scored.
It is clear that Canada plays a rougher style than Japan. Lange (CAN) was warned about the roughness and shortly after, Heuberger (CAN) received a penalty. Japan did not score on the PP but Shibota (JPN) was able to put one in the net to tie the game.
2nd Period The second period was just as exciting as the first. Both Canada and Japan had many opportunities to score. Japan was the only one able to take advantage of that opportunity with Inada (JPN) sniping one from the slot. During the break, Team Canada’s head coach, Todd Crawford, didn’t waste anytime heading to the locker room to coach these women to a third period comeback.
3rd Period The third period could not have been any greater. The entire crowd was on the edge of their seats the entire time! Lange (CAN) scored four minutes into the third period with an assist from Kennedy. Kennedy then scored again to give Canada the lead 3-2. Japan was resilient, however, scoring on the power play to tie the game at three a piece.
DeFranco (CAN), eager to rouse the team, took the ball just past half along the wing and dangled three players to bury a beautiful goal and give Canada the lead. Kennedy picked up another assist with 5 seconds left helping Smith get Canada’s fifth goal.
Canada wins there first game of the tournament, the WFC game on Canadian soil, the first WFC game outside Europe, the largest audience for any women’s U19 WFC ever, 5-1.
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