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White falls to Cougars, Red beats Sweden at Fall Festival

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) - Canada's Team White fell behind early and came up short in its attempt at a comeback in an 8-3 loss to the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League on Tuesday night at the national women's hockey team's Fall Festival.

Team White gave up three goals in the first 12:11 against the Cougars. But White made a game of it in the second period, when Valerie Chouinard of Matane, Que., and Jennifer Botterill of Winnipegscored goals less than four minutes apart to make it 3-2 going into the third.

The Cougars, who fell 5-1 to Team Canada Red on Monday night, put the game away with five goals in the third period. Team White got had goal in the final 20 minutes, with Chouinard scoring her second of the game.

Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., who played on a line with Chouinard and Botterill, assisted on all three of Team White's goals.

Team White dropped to 1-2 at the Fall Festival. However, games against the Cougars don't count in the overall standings.

Earlier Tuesday, Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice to power Team Red to a 4-1 victory over Sweden, giving Red its third straight win.

Poulin, of Beauceville, Que., scored at 4:15 of the second period and 10:45 of the third, and also assisted on the first-period goal by Bobbi Jo Slusar of Swift Current, Sask.

Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., was named Canada's player of the game, as she earned three assists. Hefford helped set up both of Poulin's goals.

Team Red got off to a quick start in the first period. While shorthanded, Jennifer Wakefield of Pickering, Ont., chased after a loose puck and went in alone on Sweden's Sarah Grahn. Wakefield deked to her forehand and beat Grahn to make it 1-0 at the 4:06 mark.

Red extended its lead at 7:50, when Slusar blasted a point shot past Grahn. Team Red fired 40 shots at Grahn over three periods.

Sweden's lone goal came at 11:55 of the first. Emma Eliasson took a shot from the point, which bounced off the shin of a Team Red defender and through the legs of Shannon Szabados of Edmonton.

Red will face Team White on Wednesday night at the Prince George Coliseum.

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