I just noticed today our Olympic womens hockey team lost every game to a series of 14, 15 and 16-year-old boys teams in Ottawa last month.
Considering the tournament was thrown together from necessity, the Capital City Challenge delivered a spirited hockey showcase and just might have helped Canada’s national women’s team fine-tune its game for the Olympics.
With travel and health restrictions cancelling the scheduled under-17 international event, three Canadian rosters built from a national pool of U17 boys played the Canadian women in a six-day tournament that ended Wednesday in Ottawa. The talent was first-rate, and the finishes dramatic.
Though the Canadian women did not register a win in their four games against future NHL prospects, they were part of a thrilling semifinal against Team Black. After falling behind 3-0, the women’s team rallied to force overtime, before losing during 3-on-3 play on a goal from Zach Benson, the tournament’s leading scorer.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 11 January 2022 - 09:19 PM.