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U18 Gameday Preview: USA vs. Canada

08/24/2014, 10:45am MDT
By USAHockey.com

The U.S. looks to avenge a pair of losses in the first two games of the series. Over the first two games, Rebecca Gilmore has two goals while Jincy Dunne and Melissa Samoskevich both have a pair of assists. 

Thirteen players made their Team USA debuts during the first two games --  goaltenders Brittany Bugalski, Alex Gulstene, forwards Samantha Davis, Alyssa Gorecki, Alexis Mauermann, Presley Norby, Sophia Shaver, Natalie Snodgrass, Alex Woken and defensemen Cayla Barnes, Grace Bowlby, Dominique Kremer, Mekenzie Steffen. Gorecki and Mauermann notched their first goals.

Members of Team USA represent 13 different states. Minnesota leads the pack with seven representatives, Massachusetts has three and Illinois has two. California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin each have one.

The 2014 Women’s Under-18 series is the eighth time these two countries have competed in this event. Team USA holds a 8-1-3-11 record against Canada overall.  Joel Johnson, is the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team and is assisted by Katie Lachapelle and Brent Hill. Dunne is serving as team captain and the alternate captain is Davis.

Photo Gallery: Game Two of Under-18 Series vs. Canada

Schedule for U18 Series

DATE OPPONENT RECAPS
Aug. 21 Canada L, 2-3
Aug. 22 Canada L, 2-5
Aug. 24 Canada W, 4-1

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WOODRIDGE, Ill. - The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team captured the silver medal with a 5-4 overtime loss to Canada here tonight in the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship gold-medal game in Walter Bush Rink. Team USA finished the tournament with a 4-0-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L) after suffering its first loss in the three-year history of the event.

The U.S. was up 3-1 after the first period of the back-and-forth game and held a 4-2 lead late in the middle frame before Canada staged a comeback and tied the game midway through the final stanza. Tournament MVP Jessica Campbell scored the game-winner for Canada just 3:10 into the 4-on-4 sudden-death overtime session in front of a standing room-only crowd of nearly 1,200.

"That was a great hockey game between two great teams," said Katie King, head coach for Team USA. "I couldn't be more proud of how the team competed throughout the tournament. They all worked extremely hard and will learn and grow from this experience."

Less than a minute into the first period,Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) netted a power-play marker to give Team USA a 1-0 lead. From the right corner, Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) passed to Carpenter, who snapped the puck under the pads of Canadian goaltender Carmen MacDonald from the slot.

After Canada's Laurie Kingsbury tied the game at 3:47 while on the power play,Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) put Team USA back in front after skating around a Canadian defender and backhanding a shot past MacDonald at the 10:03 mark. Just :47 later, Zoe Hickel (Anchorage, Alaska) took a faceoff win from Melissa Bizzari (Stowe, Vt.) and wristed a shot over the goaltender's right shoulder to give the U.S. a 3-1 advantage.

Canada made it a 3-2 contest with a power-play goal from Christine Bestland at 9:29 of the second period, but Meagan Mangene's (Manorville, N.Y.) power-play marker at 16:17 put Team USA back up by two goals. Canada's Melodie Daoust closed the gap, 4-3, with a goal :37 later to close out the frame's scoring.

In the third period, Canada tied the game at 12:29 with a goal from Jenna McParland, and Campbell scored the overtime winner at 3:10 of the extra frame.

U.S. netminder Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.), who was named the best goaltender of the tournament by the IIHF Directorate for the second consecutive year, turned aside 45 shots in the silver medal-winning effort. Meanwhile, Coyne was named the top forward after finishing with a tournament-leading 10 goals.

NOTES: Meagan Mangene was named Team USA's player of the game ... Although it appeared that Kendall Coyne had scored for the U.S. early in the third period, the goal was called off after it was determined that the puck hit the crossbar ... Team USA was 2-for-8 on the power play, while Canada was 2-for-9 ... Alex Rigsby, Coyne and Mangene were named Team USA's top-three players ... Rigsby finished the tournament with a 2-0-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L), a .932 save percentage and 1.64 goals-against average ... The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team has captured a medal at all three IIHF World Women's U18 Championships (Gold-2008, 2009; Silver-2010) ... Tournament photos are available at ImagesOnIce.net... The IIHF World Women's U18 Championship, which was staged for the first time on U.S. soil at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena, was held for the third time ... The eight-nation tournament included Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... Katie King, three-time Olympian and head women's hockey coach at Boston College, was Team USA's head coach, with Shelley Looney, two-time Olympian and girls'/women's hockey director for the New Jersey Colonials, and Catherine Hanson, former U.S. Women's National Team member who spent seven seasons as an assistant women's hockey coach at The Ohio State University, serving as assistant coaches ... For more information on the 2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship, visit Chicago2010Hockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

CAN 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 5
USA 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Carpenter (Ammerman), :50 (pp); 2, CAN, Kingsbury (Rattray, Daoust), 3:47 (pp); 3, USA, Coyne (Figueroa), 10:03; 4, USA, Hickel (Bizzari), 10:50. Penalties: CAN, Kingsbury (diving), :44; USA, Lorence (hooking), 3:24; USA, Coyne (holding), 5:38; CAN, Armstrong (holding), 11:09; USA, Picard (holding), 15:14; USA, Hickel (tripping), 19:18.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, CAN, Bestland (Saulnier, Campbell), 9:29 (pp); 6, USA, Mangene (Coyne, Pelkey), 16:17 (pp); 7, CAN, Daoust (Lacquette, Kingsbury), 16:54. Penalties: CAN, Doyle (interference), 4:11; USA, Figueroa (holding), 7:42; USA, Figueroa (holding), 12:29; CAN, Cai. MacDonald (tripping), 15:05; CAN, Poudrier (hooking), 19:14.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, CAN, McParland (Poudrier), 12:29. Penalties: CAN, Kingsbury (holding), 1:35; CAN, Lacquette (roughing), 2:44; USA, Mangene (tripping), 4:58; USA, Gedman (slashing), 6:59; USA, Gedman (hooking), 9:44; CAN, Bestland (tripping), 12:33.

Overtime - Scoring: 9, CAN, Campbell (Lacquette, Ambrose), 3:10. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
CAN 14 16 17 3 50
USA 10 12 17 2 41
           
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
CAN, Car. MacDonald, 63:10 10-7 12-11 17-17 2-2 41-37
USA, Rigsby, 63:10 14-13 16-14 17-16 3-2 50-45

Power Play: CAN 2-9; USA 2-8

Penalties: CAN 8-16; USA 9-18
Officials: Referee-Tara Leighton (USA); Linesmen-Helene Roy (CAN), Therese Bjorkman (SWE)
Attendance: 1,127

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