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Wisconsin Standout Abby Roque Leads U.S. Women’s Hockey Team To Another Rivalry Series Win Over Canada

By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 17, 2019, 9:25 p.m. (ET)

Alex Carpenter controls the puck against Sarah Potomak of Canada during the third-period of the game on Dec. 3, 2017 in St Paul, Minn.

 

Abby Roque stepped up again for the U.S. women’s national ice hockey team on Tuesday night in the Rivalry Series against Canada.

Three nights after scoring a goal in her national team debut in Hartford, Connecticut, Roque, a senior star on the University of Wisconsin team, scored in the third minute of Tuesday’s game at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Alex Carpenter, a member of the silver-medal-winning 2014 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team, added a goal later in the first period, and goalie Aerin Frankel did the rest as Team USA went on to win 2-1.

Combined with Saturday’s win, which was part of the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, the U.S. now has a 2-0 lead in the five-game Rivalry Series.

Ann-Sophie Bettez scored for Canada in the second period, but Frankel stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn the win in her USA Hockey debut.

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Roque won a gold medal in 2015 as a member of the U.S. squad in the under-18 world championships. She has scored 16 goals and 41 points in 20 games this season for Wisconsin, which is 18-1-1 on the season and the No. 1-ranked women’s team in the nation.

Team USA is the defending Olympic champion, having defeated Canada in a shootout in the 2018 gold-medal game. The U.S. has also won the last five world titles. Last year marked the first time in 19 world championships in which the U.S. and Canada didn’t meet in the gold-medal games; instead the U.S. faced Finland for the championship.

The Rivalry Series resumes in early February, when three games will be played in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, followed by the series finale on Feb. 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The next game is Feb. 3 in Victoria.

The five-game series is one of the preparations for the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which begins March 31 in Nova Scotia.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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