— Hayley Wickenheiser set up two goals and goalie Shannon Szabados held on after a late brawl to help Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Saturday night in the opening game of the pre-Olympic tour. After a U.S. player clipped Szabados outside her crease with 3:03 left, all 10 skaters squared off and two from each team were charged with major penalties for roughing and game misconducts. “We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system,” said Wickenheiser who has been a member of the Canadian national team since 1993. “It was kind of fun to see, and it brought a lot of intensity to another dog fight with these guys. There are few if any blowouts in this series.” The game at Gutterson Fieldhouse was the first of at least seven scheduled meetings between the two powers leading up the Winter Games in Sochi in February. “It’s hockey,” American Meggan Duggan said. “It’s a tough sport and our coaches always emphasize everyone sticking up for each other.” Canada’s Carolina Ouellette opened the scoring at 4:16 of the second period, rapping the puck home off a feed from Jayna Hefford. Wickenheiser also picked up her first assist on the power-play goal. Just 1:21 later, Bailey Bram made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal. Tara Watchorn made it 3-0 with another power-play goal 4:54 into the third after Wickenheiser won a faceoff.
Air Canada faces firestorm over response after staff lose dog at airport
The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry — and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the email read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.” Larry’s temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message. “I was angry… (but) I was not surprised that someone could be that stupid.