Canadian women’s hockey team blanked at Capital City Challenge

Canada goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (38) makes a save during third period action of the Rivalry series against the United States, in Kingston, Ont., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

OTTAWA _ The Canadian women’s hockey team lost its second consecutive game at the four-team Capital City Challenge on Saturday.

The national women’s team lost 7-0 to Team Canada Red, one of three men’s under-17 teams at the tournament.

Jackson Unger stopped all 22 shots, and Matthew Wood had a goal and two assists for Canada Red at Ottawa’s TD Place Arena.

Nathan Baril, Bradley Nadeau, Harrison Lodewyk, Easton Cowan, Brayden Yager and Carson Rehkopf also scored. Sam Oremba had two assists.

Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 36-of-43 shots in defeat for the Canadian women, who were coming off a 7-3 loss to Team Canada White on Friday.

The women’s team next faces Canada Black on Sunday.

“The size and the speed of these players takes us out of our comfort zone a little bit and gives us another chance to defend more,” said national women’s team head coach Troy Ryan.

“The key to it all, when it is all said and done, is going to be the mix of experience we are getting, and merging everything we have learned about our opposition as well as ourselves.”

The Capital City Challenge is a one-time replacement for the world under-17 hockey challenge, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday, with the medal games going Wednesday.

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