Ann Renée-Desbiens makes record 51 saves in Canada’s win over USA

Canadian goaltender Ann Renée-Desbiens made 51 saves in the win. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Canada beat the U.S. 4-2 on Tuesday to earn the top overall seed in the Beijing Olympics women’s hockey tournament.

Forward Brianne Jenner notched two goals, with Jamie Lee Rattray and Marie-Philip Poulin each adding one. Alex Carpenter and Dani Cameranesi each scored for Team USA as they outshot Canada 53-27.

Canadian goaltender Anne Renée-Desbiens made 51 saves in the win, setting a Canadian record for saves in an Olympic game.

“We had a lot of offensive zone time and generated a lot of shots. But shots don’t win games; goals do. We ended up on the wrong side of the goal scoring,” U.S. coach Joel Johnson said.

Jenner got the scoring started on the power play 14:10 into the first period when the U.S. held a 14-3 shot advantage.

The second period saw the most action, with five goals being scored in the span of 5:08 to give the Canadians a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

Cameranesi erased the 1-0 deficit nearly halfway through the second period. Roughly two minutes later, Carpenter converted on the power play to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. But the advantage was short-lived, as Jenner notched her second of the night to tie the game. After that it was all Canada as Rattray notched one a little over two minutes later. Poulin then converted on a penalty shot to make it 4-2.

“In the dressing room, we talked about not letting momentum swing, so that’s something that we’ve been focusing on. Whenever we let a goal in, it’s just a fresh start when the puck drops and forget what happens,” Desbiens said. “I think it just shows how resilient we are, how we can just change the focus and don’t let momentum swing for too long.”

Team USA was unable to cut the lead despite outshooting Canada 21-6 in the third period. They also struggled on the power play, converting just once in six chances.

“We’ll learn from this game. Unfortunate second period. You’d never want to give up that many goals. I’ll learn from this moving forward into the next games,” Team USA’s Maddie Rooney said.

Each team came into the game undefeated, with the U.S. coming off of a win over Switzerland and the Canadians off of a win over the ROC. Canada now takes the No. 1 overall seed into the medal round while the U.S. sits second.

The U.S. will take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Friday.