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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 20-player roster for the 2010 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will compete in the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Under-18 Championship, to be held for the first time on U.S. soil from March 27-April 3 in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, Ill.
The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team is the two-time defending world champion, after capturing gold in Füssen, Germany, in 2009, and in Calgary, Alta., in 2008.
Highlighting the roster are two members from the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Teams -- forward Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) and defenseman Meagan Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.).
Other returnees to the squad include five members from the 2009 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, including forwards Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.),Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.),Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) andTaylor Wasylk (Port Huron, Mich.), and netminder Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.), who was named best goaltender of the tournament.
In addition, all but three members of the 2010 squad were members of the 2009 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that played a three-game series against Canada in August 2009.
Team USA plays Japan in its first preliminary-round game on March 27.
NOTES: Meghan Lorence (Mounds View, Minn.), Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) and Jordan Slavin (Erie, Colo.) are the only members of Team USA who were not part of the 2009 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team ... In 2009, Alex Rigsby became the first-ever woman to be chosen in the United States Hockey League's Entry Draft, when the Chicago Steel selected her with the team's 16th round pick ... Kendall Coyne scored the gold medal-winning goal in overtime against Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship ... The eight-nation tournament, being played for the third time, includes Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... Katie King, three-time Olympian and head women's hockey coach at Boston College, will serve as 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 and assistant women's hockey coach at The Ohio State University, serving as assistant coaches.
Tag(s): News Collector