BUDAPEST, Hungary - Six players scored goals and 10 players recorded at least one point as the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team rolled past Hungary, 7-0, in its second game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship here today.
"We generated a lot of shots and offensive momentum throughout the game," said Jeff Kampersal, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "There are still some things we are working on and trying to get more consistent, but we're making good progress."
A strong first period in which Team USA out-shot Hungary, 22-3, helped the United States build a 3-0 lead by the first intermission. Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) put the U.S. on the board early when she wheeled into the zone, beat a defender down the left side and fired a shot past Hungarian goaltender Aniko Nemeth at 1:25. Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) doubled the Team USA advantage at 14:50 when she grabbed the puck in the corner, skated to the slot and unleashed a low backhander past Nemeth and just inside the far post. Then, just 1:55 later, Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.) corralled a pass in the slot and picked the top corner to make it 3-0 USA.
The Americans increased the lead to 5-0 after two periods on goals by Victoria Sullivan (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.). Sullivan scored at 11:47 when she grabbed a rebound at the edge of the crease and buried it just under Nemeth. Keller then made it 5-0 at 15:41 when she collected a cross-crease pass and tucked it into the open cage.
Cianfarano struck for her second goal of the contest at 17:31 of the final stanza before Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) capped the scoring with three seconds remaining in the contest.
U.S. goaltender Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass.) finished with five saves for the shutout.
The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team (2-0-0-0) will conclude its preliminary-round schedule of the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship with a tilt against Sweden on Wednesday (March 26). Puck-drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
Notes: Taylor Williamson was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Williamson led all U.S. players with three points (1-2=3) ... Taylar Cianfarano (2-0=2) and Lexie Laing (0-2=2) were the only other Team USA skaters to record multiple points ... Brooke Ahbe won nine of 10 draws to lead the U.S. in that category ... Maliya Rodgers tallied a game-high eight shots on net ... Megan Keller and Patricia Marshall both recorded a plus-three rating.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!