After suffering the sting of a bronze medal at the 2012 Meco Cup, Canada came back in 2013 with a golden determination. Melodie Daoust continued to add to her growing legend by scoring two goals (and adding one assist) in an 8-3 victory over the Russian squad.
The January 6 showdown saw fans at Fussen Arena in Germany witness Canada and Russia exchanging goals in the first period. After more than 10 minutes of scoreless play, Daoust gave Canada the lead at the 11:01 mark of the first. Jamie Lee Rattray would earn the first of her three assists on the day, as her and Sarah Lefort assisted on the goal.
A mere 13 seconds later, Ekaterina Lebedeva tied the game as the Russians played very courageously in the first. Rattray would score her only goal of the game at 13:21 as Canada took back the lead. Despite the 2-1 setback, Lebedeva would be the catalyst for the Russian offense. She would log an assist on Tatiana Burina’s goal less than four minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.
With 46 seconds remaining in the first frame, third-generation star Laura Stacey (great granddaughter of King Clancy) scored to give Canada the lead once again. Toronto Furies goaltender Christina Kessler was between the pipes for Canada, and she would assist on Stacey’s go-ahead goal.
Penalties would be the story of the second period. With five Russian penalties in the first period, they would be called for a total of 10 more in the second. Along with seven penalties for Canada, there were an unheard of 17 penalties in the period. The game became extremely tough and physical. The 1:04 mark in the second saw Iya Gavrilova and Sarah Davis both sent to the penalty box. At the 4:30 mark, Laura Stacey and Galina Skiba both engaged in roughness.
Sarah Lefort and Anna Shibanova were also physical as they would both be sent to the penalty box at the 6:20 mark. Despite the number of penalties already given out, the intensity did not settle between the Canadians and Russians. Sergina Marina of Russia received a 10-minute misconduct at the 9:07 mark.
This would be followed by Cornell Big Red star Jessica Campbell receiving two penalties in the space of two minutes and six seconds. The second penalty for Campbell (at the 13:11 mark) saw her Cornell teammate Cassandra Poudrier also called for body checking. Afterwards, there were three more penalties for Russia and one more penalty for Canada.
Despite the highly physical level of play, Canada did manage to score two goals. Brianne Jenner scored at the 3:11 mark. Three minutes and 20 seconds later, Melodie Daoust scored her second goal of the contest as Canada now enjoyed a 5-2 lead.
As the third period resulted in the number of penalties dropping dramatically (only 2 for Canada), the Canadians added to their lead. Less than five minutes into the final frame, Brigette Lacquette gave Canada a 6-2 lead. Although the lead had now become insurmountable, the proud Russian squad provided a valiant effort. Once again, Lebedeva led the charge as she assisted on the second goal scored by Tatiana Burina to reduce Canada’s lead to only three goals.
Canada’s final two goals were both empty net goals as the Russians tried to take advantage of having an extra attacker on the ice. Montreal Stars rookie Carolyne Prevost scored at 16:46 with the assist going to Christine Bestland. With 22 seconds left, Sarah Edney (whose club team is the Harvard Crimson) scored into the empty Russian net with backstop Christina Kessler earning her second assist of the night, a rarity for a goaltender. Jamie Lee Rattray led all scorers in the contest with four points.