U.S.-Canada women's hockey game breaks Detroit attendance record

The Detroit News
U.S. players celebrate Megan Bozek's overtime goal against Canada in a Rivalry Series game on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

Detroit's attendance record for a national women's hockey game played in the United States was broken on Saturday in the finale of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series against Canada at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The two teams played in front of 13,320 fans with Megan Bozek scoring on the power play 42 seconds into overtime to lift the U.S. Women's National Team to a 4-3 win.

Farmington's Megan Keller, an Olympic gold medalist, four-time world champion and the highest-scoring defenseman in Boston College history, assisted on the OT goal.

The previous attendance record was 10,158, which was established on Jan. 6, 2002, when the U.S. faced Canada at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

In the Detroit game, Katie King scored three first-period goals for the U.S. in a 7-3 win over Canada in a tuneup for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. King also scored a goal in the Olympic gold-medal final that Canada won 3-2 in front of 8,599.

In this year's best-of-five series against Canada, the U.S. women won the series 4-1.

Farmington's Megan Keller, right, is checked by Canada's Laura Stacey during the United States' 3-1 victory in Vancouver on Wednesday.

The U.S. roster also included three-time Olympic medalists Hilary Knight, Kacey Bellamy, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, and two-time Olympic medalists Kendall Coyne Schofield and Amanda Kessel.

Saturday's game was part of the Anaheim Ducks "We Play Weekend," which includes events to promote hockey, physical fitness and academic excellence in classrooms across Southern California.

The weekend will wrap up today when kids ages 6-16 will take part in clinics with members of Team USA at Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena.

Farmington's Megan Keller, left, is checked by Team Canada's Brianne Jenner during a game in the Rivalry Series in Victoria.