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U.S. Beats Canada, 3-2, in Shootout, Sweeping U22 Series

By USAHockey.com, 08/24/14, 5:15PM MDT

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CALGARY , ALBERTA — The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime and went on to a 3-2 shootout victory over Canada here today to complete a three-game sweep of the 2014 Under-22 Series.

Team USA captain Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal and was two-for-two in the shootout to lead the way offensively.

"Both sides played well and we got down a couple of goals but our players never quit on each other and mounted a nice comeback late in the game," said Ken Klee, head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. "I was really proud of our team today and throughout the series."

After a scoreless first period, Canada scored on the power play at 13:14 of the second period and led 1-0 after 40 minutes. The U.S. had a number of chances in the middle stanza, but Canadian goaltender Ann-Rene Desbiens stopped all 12 shots by Team USA.

In the third, Canada extended its lead, 2-0, again on the power play, just more than seven minutes into the period.

The U.S. evened the contest in the waning moments. Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) was in front of the net to deflect a Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) point shot on the power play at 18:02 to cut Canada’s lead in half. Just 0:29 later, with goaltender Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) shot from the blue line into a net-front scrum, and Carpenter picked the puck out and popped it over the goaltender’s shoulder to tie the game.

The five-minute, four-on-four overtime was scoreless, sending the game to a shootout.

Carpenter was key for the U.S. in the shootout, scoring in the bottom of the third round to force the shootout to continue. After both teams missed chances in the fourth round, Carpenter skated down the middle, deked to the left and sailed a forehand shot over the Desbien’s shoulder in the bottom of the fifth round for the win.

Hensley picked up the victory in goal for Team USA with 12 saves. The U.S. had a 29-14 shots on goal advantage in the contest.

Game Three of Under-22 Series vs. Canada

Game Three Highlights

Post Game Reaction

Schedule for U22 Series

DATE OPPONENT RESULT/RECAP
Aug. 21 Canada W, 2-1
Aug. 22 Canada W, 6-0
Aug. 24 Canada W, 3-2

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STOCKHOLM - Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) netted a hat trick in leading the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to an 11-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the opening game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Fourteen U.S. players factored in the scoring, with eight goal-scorers.

"Our team did a really good job of working hard and staying disciplined," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "We played well both offensively and defensively - it was a great start to the tournament."

Pelkey scored Team USA's first goal of the tournament at 6:12 of the opening frame when she skated in on the net from the end boards and slipped a backhanded shot past Czech netminder Veronika Hladikova. During a U.S. power play at 18:03, Paige Savage(Carrollton, Texas) found Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) on the doorstep and Carpenter one-timed a shot into the back of the net to double the U.S. advantage.

The U.S. extended its lead to 7-0 in the second period with five goals. Pelkey scored her second just :53 into the frame on a breakaway. Just over a minute later, Karley Sylvester(Warroad, Minn.) knocked one in during a scramble in front of the Czech net at 2:00.Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) tallied :29 apart, at 7:18 and 7:47, and Abby Ness (Roseau, Minn.) closed out the period scoring at 12:11.

In the third stanza, Pelkey completed her hat trick at 1:34 to put the U.S. up 8-0. Brandt then scored on the power play at 6:24 when she knocked in Michelle Picard's (Taunton, Mass.) rebound. Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) added a tally at 12:04 and Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) closed out the scoring with a shot from the top of the slot on the power play at 19:13.

Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) stopped all eight shots she faced for the shutout, while Hladikova made 64 saves in the losing effort.

The U.S. returns to action tomorrow against Japan at 10 a.m. EST.

NOTES: The U.S. outshot the Czech Republic by a 75-8 count ... The U.S. was 3-for-9 on the power play, while holding the Czechs scoreless on four man-advantage opportunities ... Six U.S. players had multi-point games, including Amanda Pelkey (3-1--4), Hannah Brandt (2-1--3), Alex Carpenter (1-1--2), Sydney Daniels (1-1--2), Abby Ness (1-1--2) and Emily Pfalzer (1-1--2) ...  The eight-nation tournament, being played for the fourth time, includes Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009), followed by a silver medal in 2010 ... Jodi McKenna, the head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan Univeristy, is serving as head coach for Team USA. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Jennifer Kranz, assistant women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University ...Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Scores will be designated with #U18wwc ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 5 4 -- 11
CZE 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Pelkey (unassisted), 6:12 (4x4); 2, USA, Carpenter (Savage), 18:03 (pp). Penalties: CZE, Pecinova (hooking), 2:33; USA, Marvin (slashing), 4:45; CZE, Jirsova (body checking), 5:07; USA, Sylvester (hooking), 12:00; CZE, Vytiskova (tripping), 14:35; CZE, Tejralova (holding), 16:51.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Pelkey (Field), :53; 4, USA, Sylvester (unassisted), 2:00; 5, USA, Brandt (Pelkey), 7:18; 6, USA, Daniels (Trivigno, Ness), 7:47; 7, USA, Ness (Daniels, Pfalzer), 12:11. Penalties: USA, Trivigno (hooking), 3:26; CZE, Krizova (hooking), 13:31; CZE, Novakova (hooking), 18:59.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, USA, Pelkey (Brandt), 1:34; 9, USA, Brandt (Picard), 6:24 (pp); 10, USA, Darkangelo (Marvin), 12:04; 11, USA, Pfalzer (Skarupa, Carpenter), 19:13 (pp). Penalties: CZE, Solnickova (hooking), 5:35; USA, Daniels (hooking), 13:02; CZE, Tejralova (holding), 16:09; CZE, Tejralova (body checking), 18:22.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 34 29 12 75
CZE 3 4 1 8
         
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miller, 60:00 3-3 4-4 1-1 8-8
CZE, Hladikova, 60:00 34-32 29-24 12-8 75-64

Power Play: USA 3-9; CZE 0-4
Penalties: USA 4-8; CZE 9-18
Officials: Referee-Malin Axelsson (SWE); Linesmen-Magdalena Cerhitova (SVK), Haley Wieler (CAN)