Canada beats U.S. in U18 women's hockey exhibition finale

The Canadian Press

8/19/2012 3:00:41 PM

BLAINE, Minn. -- Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Karly Heffernan each scored in the shootout as Canada's under-18 women's hockey team beat the United States 5-4.

Brykaliuk, Hannah Miller, Halli Krzyzaniak, Cassidy Carels each scored for Canada, which won the three-game exhibition series after taking the opener but dropping Game 2.

Canada's head coach Jim Fetter said Sunday the series victory should give Canada confidence ahead of the world championships in December in Vierumaki, Finland.

"Now the girls think they can beat the U.S. It's in their minds so they're confident," said Fetter. "I think with the collapse we had in the third today the girls will be a little more focused now going into that game and knowing that we're going to have to play 60 minutes."

Kimberly Newell made 32 saves in net for Canada, while Americans Alexis Shaw and Sidney Peters combined to stop 22 shots.

Amy Menke gave the Americans a 1-0 lead in the first period, but a goal by Brykaliuk took away the advantage at 15:39.

Miller scored the lone goal in the second, and a pair of goals by Krzyzaniak and Carels gave Canada a 4-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the third.

But the U.S. roared back with two goals by Gracen Hirschy in a two-minute span and a single from Danielle Cameranesi at 18:20 to tie the game.

"I think the girls got a little lackadaisical, a little complacent, I guess you could say," said Fetter. "We were up 4-1 and I think that it was pretty much done and the U.S. just kept coming at us.

"They scored three goals ... but overall I think it was a great learning lesson for us and something that we can build on when we get to worlds."