OTTAWA, ON (February 4, 2024) — Alex Carpenter scored the game-tying and game-winning goals against Ottawa on Sunday, as New York rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime.
New York scored three third period goals in a span of 1:39, the last of which came at 16:33 and tied the game 3-3.
Carpenter, who leads the PWHL in scoring with 11 points, provided the tying goal on the powerplay, much to the dismay of the near capacity home crowd at The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa. In the midst of a net front scramble, Abby Roque found a wide-open Carpenter in the slot—Carpenter quickly fired the puck into the open cage with Ottawa goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer still sprawled out on the right side of the net. Jessie Eldridge recorded the secondary assist.
Carpenter capped off the comeback by scoring at 2:12 of overtime with a shot off the rush which went in far-side on Maschmeyer. Ella Shelton and Roque provided the assists on the goal—the helper was Roque’s season-high third point of the game.
It was Roque who first gave New York a spark late in the third, at 14:54, which made the score 3-1. Roque was able to corral a rebound created by a Jaime Bourbonnais shot and put the puck over Maschmeyer’s shoulder from in close.
New York got within one just 44 seconds later, off the stick of Jade Downie-Landry, her fourth goal of the season. Eldridge provided the assist by patiently holding the puck on a 2-on-1 before feeding Downie-Landry who tapped it home to make the game 3-2.
Before Carpenter’s tying goal, Ottawa had held the lead since 7:37 of the first period when Aneta Tejralová scored her first of the year. Emily Clark and Amanda Boulier provided the assists on the goal, scored via a one-timer from the point which sailed over New York goaltender Corinne Schroeder’s glove.
After a scoreless second period, Ottawa’s Lexie Adzija gave the home team a 2-0 lead with her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Hayley Scamurra stole the puck from a New York defender before feeding Adzija on the 2-on-1, who slid it under Schroeder’s pad.
Savannah Harmon made the game 3-0 at 9:13 of the third with a powerplay marker. Harmon— who was coming off an impressive 5-point game at the PWHL 3-on-3 Showcase on Thursday— scored after Daryl Watts found her in the slot.
Schroeder made 39 saves for New York, who was outshot in every period except overtime. This is the goaltender’s fourth win of the season which ties her for the league-lead. Maschmeyer made 27 saves in the loss.
Next up, after the PWHL’s ten-day IIHF International break, Ottawa visits Minnesota for the first time at Xcel Energy Center on February 14. Three days later, on February 17, New York travels to Boston for a game at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
New York centre Alex Carpenter, in the postgame scrum, on her team’s comeback win: “The belief in our room is so strong and it finally showed today. We’ve lost a couple, and this feels good for us. This is finally what all of our hard work has been and how close this team has been…We were just looking to get more pucks on net all game. We didn’t have too many going into the third. Especially in overtime we just wanted to control most of the play….We’ve come back from a lot of games this season, we had one in Minnesota – obviously not that big of a deficit – but we don’t really care how many goals we’re down I think we just keep playing until the very end.”
Ottawa head coach Carla MacLeod, in the postgame scrum, on giving up the 3-0 lead: “You’ve got to learn from it. Sometimes, it stings. We’ve had other games with a similar outcome and they didn’t sting the same. You just have to let the sting settle. That is why we’re all fierce competitors. That is why we are in this industry. You’re going to be on the good side of some of those and you’re going to be on the bad side of some of those. Tonight, New York got the best of us. Good on them for that.”
Ottawa’s Lexie Adzija, in the postgame scrum, on looking for positives, despite the loss: “First of all, we can score. We can get pucks on net. When we’re playing our game, I truly believe that we can be a top team in this league. I think we showed that for 95 % of the games. Those are definitely positives — and there is a lot more than that. Our group is great. We have great people and there is a lot of talent on the ice. We just have to find a way to win.”
- Attendance: 8,062 – The Arena at TD Place, Ottawa, ON
- Three Stars 1) Alex Carpenter 2) Emily Clark 3) Daryl Watts
- Ottawa won the final shot tally 42-31 — The team outshot New York in every period in regulation (15-10/13-6/14-11) but was outshot 4-0 in overtime.
- Carpenter and Watts each had seven shots, the most amongst all players — Ottawa captain Brianne Jenner had five shots, the second most in the game.
- New York was 1/3 on the powerplay – Ottawa was 1/4.
- Ottawa remains first in the PWHL in powerplay percentage, clicking at a 29.2% rate — New York is second at 23.1%.
- The five goals in the third period were the most scored by two teams in any period this season.
- New York’s three goals in 1:39 is the fastest three goals scored by any team this season.
- New York is the first team in PWHL history to erase a three-goal deficit.
- Carpenter’s first two-goal game gives her 11 points on the season— The center is two points ahead of Alina Müller in the PWHL scoring race heading into Boston’s afternoon game.
- Ella Shelton’s assist gives her nine points on the season, tied for second in the league with Müller, and the most among all PWHL defenders— Shelton is averaging one point-per-game.
- Jessie Eldridge’s first two-assist game gives her eight points on the season, tied for fourth in the league with four other players.
- Clark recorded her first multi-point game of the season.
- Lexie Adzija has recorded a point in six of Ottawa’s seven games.
- Aneta Tejralová is the sixth Ottawa defender to record a point this season.
- Hayley Scamurra extends her point streak to three games – Jenner’s point streak ends at three games.
- Corinne Schroeder’s 39 saves ties her season high.
- Ottawa has now lost all four overtime games they’ve played this season — They’ve won one home game this season out of five played.
- New York has won both of their overtime games this season.
- New York (2-2-1-4) now sits tied with Toronto in the PWHL standings with 11 points.
- Ottawa (2-0-4-1) picks up one point in the loss, which gives them ten, tied with Boston at the bottom of the standings.
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