PHF Canada edges PHF World in All-Star Game final

Premier Hockey Federation Canada player Corinne Schroder, 30, carries the puck up ice against a PHF USA defender during action at the Premier Hockey Federation All-Star Game at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on Sunday Jan. 29, 2023. (HO-Premier Hockey Federation-Lori Bolliger)

Jade Downie-Landry’s late unassisted goal lifted PHF Canada to an exciting 3-2 victory over PHF World in the Premier Hockey Federation’s annual all-star game, played Sunday at Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Fanni Garat-Gasparics of PHF World opened the scoring in the women’s professional mini-game at 8:27. Three minutes later Brittany Howard tied it for Canada. Anna Kilponen put the World ahead 2-1 29 seconds later.

Loren Gabel tied the game for Canada at 14:04, setting the stage for Downie-Landry’s heroics.

The World outshot Canada 10-6. Corinne Schroeder earned most outstanding goaltender honours for the winning team.

Forward Loren Gabel of PHF Canada was named All-Star MVP. She had three goals and an assist over three games.

Fanni Garat-Gasparics of PHF World had four goals in three games. Canada’s Brittany Howard had a goal and three assists.

The All-Star format featured a round-robin between PHF Team Canada, United States and World. PHF Team Canada defeated The United States 2-1 in a shootout to open the tournament. World defeated Canada 2-1 and USA 3-2 to set up the final.

The PHF, now in its eighth season, consists of seven teams including two in Canada — the Toronto Six and Montreal Force. The other teams are Boston Pride, Minnesota Whitecaps, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters and Buffalo Beauts.

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