USA Hockey continues to help advance women's hockey as highlighted by the inaugural U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp starting today at Schwan's Super Center in Blaine, Minnesota with off-ice testing.
The camp consists of 18 of the top female goaltenders who are eligible for international play, with players ranging in age from 16-29, including two-time Olympian Jessie Vetter.
"This camp serves as an exciting new platform to bolster our national goalie development, training, and scouting for our female goaltenders," said Reagan Carey, USA Hockey's director of women's hockey. "Never before have 18 of our nations elite goalies had the opportunity to train and compete together at the same camp. It’s a rare opportunity for a 16-year old goalie to train and compete alongside a veteran Olympic level goalie. We look forward to all the benefits of that integrated training environment.”
A female-specific camp showcases the growth of women's hockey and is the natural evolution of the program, allowing more goaltenders to participate and the introduction of a curriculum that is specific to the women's game. In past years, female goalies have conducted their summer training with the top male goalies in the U.S.
Carey added, “For the last six years we have benefited from the integration of our nations top female goaltenders training with their male counterparts during the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program. Our objective is to utilize this new camp to not only develop our top 18 female goalies in the nation, but to also activate more synergy in our coaching philosophies and standards that can be leveraged at all levels (affiliate, district and national).”
Robb Stauber, goaltending coach for the U.S. Women's National Team, is the head instructor for the camp, which runs until Sunday .
Be sure to follow along here to learn more throughout the camp.
CALGARY, Alta. – The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team captured the first-ever gold medal awarded at the inaugural 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship with a 5-2 victory over Canada here tonight at the Father David Bauer Arena. Alyssa Grogan (Eagan, Minn.) made 26 saves in the win, while five different players scored for the undefeated Team USA (5-0-0-0).
"I feel thoroughly satisfied with how these young athletes came to play tonight and they went out and won a world championship," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA and also the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University. "We went out, attacked and brought it home. It's a great day for USA Hockey."
Team USA came out strong in the first period, holding a 13-9 shots advantage and gaining a 2-0 advantage. Meagan Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) opened the scoring at 12:12 when Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) sent her a feed from behind the net and she roofed it from the bottom of the slot. Ammerman then tallied her sixth goal of the tournament at 18:48, as she grabbed Brianna Decker's (Dousman, Wis.) rebound at the right post and used her backhand to take it to the open left side of the net for a 2-0 U.S. lead heading into the second frame.
In the middle stanza, the Americans scored twice more to go up 4-0 before Canada used a power play to get on the board. U.S. goal No. 3 came at 2:29 of the period. CaptainSarah Erickson (LaPorte, Minn.) took a shot from the right faceoff circle that rebounded out to the left side, where Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) put it low past Canadian netminder Delayne Brian. Decker was next to light the lamp for the United States, as she skated the puck into Canada's zone from center ice and got a shot off with a Canadian player in tow. The shot hit the crossbar and landed in the net at 8:14 for a four-goal U.S. advantage.
The lone Canadian goal of the second period came at 18:17, while the Americans were down a man and had just killed off over a minute of a 5-on-3 Canadian advantage. Lauriane Rougeau took a shot from the left point that went off Carolyne Prevost's stick and into the U.S. net past Grogan.
Canada cut its deficit to 4-2 early in the final frame when Jessica Jones' wrister from the left faceoff circle slipped low inside the far post at 2:20. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) secured the gold-medal victory for Team USA with 7:46 to go in the game, as she skated in front of the goalmouth and beat Brian low for the 5-2 final.
NOTES: Brooke Ammerman was named the U.S. Player of the Game ...Team USA went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-5 with the man advantage ... Alyssa Grogan won the Directorate Award as the tournament's top goaltender ... Kendall Coyne, Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Sarah Erickson were named Team USA's best players of the tournament ... Amanda Kessel (4-7--10) led the U.S. team in scoring ... Joining Katey Stone on the coaching staff as assistant coaches were Erin Whitten Hamlen, associate women’s ice hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire, andBob Deraney, head women’s ice hockey coach at Providence College.
Scoring By Period
USA 2 2 1 -- 5
CAN 0 1 1 -- 2
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Mangene (Ammerman), 12:12; 2, USA, Ammerman (Decker), 18:48. Penalties: USA, Bolden (high-sticking), 1:08; CAN, Rougeau (interference), 1:20; CAN, Watt (delay of game), 18:48.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Coyne (Erickson), 2:29; 4, USA, Decker (unassisted), 8:14; 5, CAN, Prevost (Rougeau), 18:17 (pp). Penalties: USA, Sherry (interference), 4:07; USA, Wild (holding), 8:42; CAN, Poulin (cross-checking), 13:22; USA, Bolden (interference), 16:12; USA, Grogan (tripping), 17:18.
Third Period - Scoring: 6, CAN, Jones (Prevost), 2:20; 7, USA, Kessel (unassisted), 12:14 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Team (too many players on the ice), 5:26; CAN, Poulin (hooking), 10:25; CAN, Watt (tripping), 18:15.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 13 8 6 27
CAN 9 13 6 28
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Grogan, 60:00 9-9 13-12 6-5 28-26
CAN, Brian, 60:00 13-11 8-6 6-5 27-22
Power Play:USA 1-6; CAN 1-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; CAN 6-12
Officials: Referee-Joy Tottman (GBR); Linesmen-Marina Konstantinova (RUS), Alice Stanley (GBR)