CALGARY, ALBERTA — The U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team lost to Canada, 5-2, in the second game of the 2014 Under-18 Series. Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.) and Alexis Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) scored for the U.S.
"I thought we had a better game tonight and did some good things," said Joel Johnson, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "We’re all disappointed we didn’t win but we have a good perspective on things and will learn from these games."
Canada notched the first goal of the game, a shorthanded tally, midway through the first period.
Early in the second, on the power play, the U.S. tied the game at one. From the left half wall, Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) fed Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) at the point for a one-timer and Gilmore buried the rebound at the goalmouth.
On a three-on-two, Samoskevich rushed into the offensive zone on the left wing and sent a cross-ice pass to Mauermann, who wristed the puck in from the slot for the go-ahead goal at 2:49.
Two minutes later, Canada climbed within a goal on the power play. The Canadians notched two more goals in the latter half of the period, giving them a 4-2 lead.
In the closing seconds of the third stanza, Canada tallied an empty-net goal for the 5-2 final.
The final game of the Under-18 Series is Sunday (Aug. 24) at 3:30 p.m. ET.
WOODRIDGE, Ill. - Ten different players factored in the scoring as the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team advanced to the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship gold-medal game with a 5-0 win over Sweden here tonight in the semifinal round in Walter Bush Rink. With the win, Team USA improved to 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and will face Canada in the gold-medal game tomorrow (April 3) at 7 p.m. CT.
"We came out with real good jump and played hard for 60 minutes," said Katie King, head coach for Team USA. "We've put ourselves in the position we want to be in and we're excited to play for the gold medal."
The U.S. took a 1-0 lead with aBrittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) marker at 1:22 of the opening frame. After receiving an Emily Pfalzer(Getzville, N.Y.) pass near the top of the right circle, Ammerman skated to the high slot and wristed the puck past Swedish netminder Sofia Carlstrom low to the far side for her fifth tally of the tournament. Gabie Figueroa(Branchburg, N.J.) also collected an assist on the play.
Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) extended Team USA's lead to 2-0 at 12:37. Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.) passed behind the net to Bona, who skated to the right of Carlstrom before sending the puck through the netminder's pads on the short side.
Team USA jumped out to a 3-0 advantage just 34 seconds into the middle frame. Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) fed Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), who came down the ice two-on-one with Taylor Wasylk (Port Huron, Mich.). After the pair exchanged passes, Coyne found Wasylk for a one-timer.
Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) netted her seventh goal of the tournament at 12:13 to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead. While on the power play, Carpenter received a pass from Pelkey, deked around a Swedish defender and fired the puck on the backhand over Carlstrom's shoulder.
At 4:29 of the final frame, Fry extended Team USA's lead to 5-0. Melissa Bizzari (Stowe, Vt.) skated down the ice along the right boards and sent a cross-ice pass to Fry, who directed the puck into the net to close out the game's scoring.
U.S. netminder Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) turned aside all 11 shots faced for her second shutout of the tournament.
NOTES: Amanda Pelkey was named Team USA's player of the game ... The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play, while Sweden was 0-for-4 ... Team USA has not allowed a power-play goal all tournament (18-18) ... The U.S. registered its third straight shutout ... Team USA will face Canada in the gold-medal game of the IIHF World Women's U18 Championship for the third straight year ... All tournament games are available via live webstream at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com... Tournament photos are available at ImagesOnIce.net... The IIHF World Women's U18 Championship, which is being held for the first time on U.S. soil at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena, is being held for the third time ... The eight-nation tournament includes Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... The U.S. is the two-time defending world champion, after capturing gold in Füssen, Germany, in 2009, and in Calgary in 2008 ... Katie King, three-time Olympian and head women's hockey coach at Boston College, is 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.
Scoring By Period
SWE 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
USA 2 - 2 - 1 - 5
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Ammerman (Pfalzer, Figueroa), 1:22; 2, USA, Bona (Fry), 12:37. Penalties: SWE, Lowenhielm (hooking), 2:48; SWE, Backlin (holding), 8:55; SWE, Hedengren (hooking), 12:43; USA, Hickel (holding), 15:51.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Wasylk (Coyne, Pelkey), :34; 4, USA, Carpenter (Pelkey, Pfalzer), 12:13 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Hedin (tripping), 5:12; SWE, Backlin (tripping), 10:49; SWE, Holmgren (body checking), 16:22.
Third Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Fry (Bizzari), 4:29. Penalties: USA, Pelkey (hooking), 1:02; USA, Team (too many players), 9:20; USA, Gedman (holding), 20:00.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
SWE 0 2 9 11
USA 19 10 12 41
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SWE, Carlstrom, 60:00 19-17 10-8 12-11 41-36
USA, Rigsby, 60:00 0-0 2-2 9-9 11-11
Power Play: SWE 0-4; USA 1-6
Penalties: SWE 6-12; USA 4-8
Officials: Referee-Melanie Bordeleau (CAN); Linesmen-Ilona Novotna (CZE), Johanna Tauriainen (FIN)
WOODRIDGE, Ill. - Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) and Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) each scored three goals as the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team defeated Japan, 11-1, here tonight at Walter Bush Rink in Team USA's first preliminary-round game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship.
"We were able the move the puck well and had good speed throughout the game," said Katie King, Team USA's head coach. "It was a good way to start the tournament. Finland will be a more physical opponent tomorrow night and we'll have to be on our game even more to be successful."
Team USA tallied twice in the first period, with Ammerman opening the scoring at 11:57 when her shot beat Japanese goaltender Ai Tokoro low to the blocker side. Alex Carpenter(North Reading, Mass.) made it 2-0 with four minutes remaining in the frame after intercepting a Japanese pass at the blue line while shorthanded and sending a shot from the slot between Tokoro's legs.
In the second period, the U.S. put up five goals to take a 7-0 lead. Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.) scored the frame's first tally from the slot at 3:41, while Ammerman notched her second goal of the game at 8:51 after snapping a shot from the right circle high to the blocker side. At 11:08, Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn.) gave the U.S. a 5-0 advantage after collecting the loose puck in the slot and wristing a shot past Tokoro. Zoe Hickel (Anchorage, Alaska) made it 6-0 at 19:45 when she fired a shot from the bottom of the circle past the glove of Tokoro, while Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) closed out the period's scoring by jamming a rebound in with three seconds remaining.
In the third period, Coyne scored three straight goals for the U.S., with the first coming at 9:18. Moeko Fujimoto netted Japan's lone goal at 10:50, and Coyne answered less than two minutes later with a rebound goal to the right of new Japanese goaltender Shizuka Takahashi. At 16:09, Coyne potted her third goal from the same spot, while Ammerman closed out the game's scoring at 16:51.
U.S. netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) turned aside seven shots in her Team USA debut.
Team USA plays Finland tomorrow (March 28) in its second preliminary-round game at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
NOTES: Kendall Coyne was named Team USA's player of the game ... The U.S. and Japan were both 0-for-3 on the power play ... All tournament games are available via live webstream at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com... Media can obtain tournament photos at ImagesOnIce.net... The IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship, which is being held for the first time on U.S. soil at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena, is being held for the third time ... The eight-nation tournament includes Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... The U.S. is the two-time defending world champion, after capturing gold in Füssen, Germany, in 2009, and in Calgary in 2008 ... Katie King, three-time Olympian and head women's hockey coach at Boston College, is Team USA's head coach, withShelley 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 Under-18 Championship, visit Chicago2010Hockey.com.
Scoring By Period
JPN 0 - 0 - 1 - 1
USA 2 - 5 - 4 - 11
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Ammerman (Hickel), 11:57; 2, USA, Carpenter (unassisted), 16:00 (sh). Penalties: USA, Ammerman (interference), 1:21; USA, Gedman (slashing), 14:31; USA,Hickel (tripping), 18:36.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Fry (Mangene), 3:41; 4, USA, Ammerman (Bizzari), 8:51; 5, USA, Bona (Pfalzer), 11:08; 6, USA, Hickel (Slavin, Carpenter), 19:45; 7, USA, Hickel (Lorence), 19:57. Penalties: JPN, Baba (hooking), 5:22.
Third Period - Scoring: 8, USA, Coyne (Gedman, Slavin), 9:18; 9, JPN, Fujimoto (unassisted), 10:50; 10, USA, Coyne (Mangene, Pelkey), 12:49; 11, USA, Coyne (Pelkey), 16:09; 12, USA, Ammerman (Bizzari, Picard), 16:51. Penalties: JPN, Hori (tripping), 7:10; JPN, Ukita (slashing), 17:30.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
JPN 3 3 2 8
USA 11 20 25 56
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
JPN, Tokoro, 40:00 11-9 20-15 x-x 31-24
JPN, Takahashi, 20:00 x-x x-x 25-21 25-21
USA, Moore, 60:00 3-3 3-3 2-1 8-7
Power Play: JPN 0-3; USA 0-3
Penalties: JPN 3-6; USA 3-6
Officials: Referee-Radka Ruzickova (CZE); Linesmen-Helene Roy (CAN), Veronika Stenzel (GER)