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Prince George goaltender’s international debut spoiled by Americans

Kelsey Roberts makes 22 saves in first game with Canada’s national women’s team
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Kelsey Roberts (#30) of Prince George makes a save for team Canada in its three-game series against the United States (via USA Hockey)

The first game in a Team Canada uniform is said to be the most memorable for any hockey player in the country.

While that may still be the case for Northern Capitals alumna Kelsey Roberts, it may also be one to forget as her Canadian National Women’s Development team fell short of evening up their three-game summer series against the United States, doubled down by a score of 4-2 Thursday night (Aug. 15).

The Prince George goaltender was able to stop 22 of 26 shots from the Americans in her first international tilt, but also gave up two goals 3:23 apart from each other in the final five minutes of the third period.

The 21-year-old, originally from Kitimat, turned aside all eight shots from the U.S. in the opening frame, holding the red and white to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Roberts continued to shut the door until the 13:33 mark of the second stanza when Canada was on a delayed penalty call, giving the stars and stripes a chance to tie the game at 1-1 on a brief six-on-five advantage.

Both teams exchanged a pair of goals early in the third to make it a 2-2 game with over 13 minutes left to play.

The Americans potted their last two goals past Roberts at 15:10 and 18:33 of the third to seal the 4-2 victory and 2-0 series lead.

This is likely the only start for Roberts this week as Canada brought three netminders to the showcase in Lake Placid, New York.

Canada looks to avoid the sweep this afternoon (Aug. 16) at 4 p.m. Pacific.