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.