CALGARY, ALBERTA — Sophie Skarzynski (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Sophie Shaver (Wayzata, Minn.) registered multiple-point games and Brittany Bulgalski (Lake Worth, Fla.) stopped 24 shots to help the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team to a 4-1 victory over Canada here today in the third and final game of the 2014 Under-18 Series.
“We got better each game of the series and had our best game here today,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team. “We had timely saves and our special teams play was improved. Overall, I was really proud of our effort and resiliency.”
The U.S. grabbed the lead at 5:58 of the opening period when Alexis Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) skated into the offensive zone on a three-on-one and fed Alex Woken (Fargo, N.D.) who converted on the cross-ice pass and beat the Canadian goaltender high on the glove side.
Canada notched the equalizer nearly four minutes later on the power play.
At 11:33 of the second period, Skarzynski battled through traffic in front of the net and picked up a loose rebound on a point shot from Mekenzie Steffen (White Bear Township, Minn.) and tucked the puck just inside the right post to make it 2-1.
Late in the third period, Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.) retrieved the puck high in the slot and chipped it past the opposing goaltender to go ahead, 3-1.
In the final minute of the game, Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.) made it 4-1, tallying an empty-netter with assists going to Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Shaver.
STOCKHOLM - Seven different players scored for the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team in a 7-1 victory over Japan at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Team USA is undefeated (2-0-0-0) in the tournament and will close out the preliminary round on Tuesday (Jan. 4) against Sweden.
"Playing against an honest and hardworking team like Japan, it is important that we bring our best," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "Again, we did a very good job and worked hard on both sides of the puck. It was great to see that we're getting a lot of contribution from the entire lineup."
Japan struck first, using an early power-play opportunity to tally the first goal against the Americans of the tournament. Ayaka Toko shot the puck and used a bounce off the end boards to backhand it past U.S. netminder Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) at 6:18 of the opening period.
Team USA responded less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 when Emily Field(Littleton, Mass.) tipped Courtney Burke's (Albany, N.Y.) point shot at 7:15. Emily Pfalzer(Getzville, N.Y.) gave the U.S. the lead for good at 18:50, as her slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle found an opening through traffic as Japan goaltender Shizuka Takahashi slid left.
The U.S. opened its lead to 4-1 in the second frame, starting with Sydney Daniels(Southwick, Mass.) tipping an Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.) shot at 3:47. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) capped off the period with a power-play goal at the 11:05 mark.
In the final period, linemates Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and Layla Marvin(Warroad, Minn.) scored :16 apart, at 5:35 and 5:51, to make it 6-1. Milician McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) closed out the game with a slap shot from the point on the power play at 16:18 to account for the 7-1 final score.
Lundberg made six saves in net for the U.S., while Takahashi and Ai Tokoro combined for 69 saves for Japan.
NOTES: Team USA outshot Japan by a 76-7 count ... The U.S. was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Japan was 1-for-2 ... Thirteen players factored in the scoring for Team USA ... 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.
Scoring By Period
USA 2 2 3 -- 7
JPN 1 0 0 -- 1
First Period - Scoring: 1, JPN, Ayaka Toko (unassisted), 6:18 (pp); 2, USA, Field (Burke, Boulier), 7:15; 3, USA, Pfalzer (Stecklein), 18:10. Penalties: USA, Brandt (high sticking), 4:28.
Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Daniels (Boulier), 3:47; 5, USA, Carpenter (Skarupa, Savage), 11:05 (pp). Penalties: USA, Pelkey (high sticking), 4:22; JPN, Ishiura (interference), 4:53; JPN, Takeda (hooking), 7:22; JPN, Abe (hooking), 9:42.
Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Darkangelo (unassisted), 5:35; 7, USA, Marvin (Darkangelo), 5:51; 8, USA, McMillen (Picard), 16:18 (pp). Penalties: JPN, Toko (cross checking), 14:48; JPN, Ishiura (hooking), 17:01.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 21 20 35 76
JPN 4 1 2 7
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Lundberg, 60:00 4-3 1-1 2-2 7-6
JPN, Takahashi, 45:51 21-19 20-18 13-11 54-48
JPN, Tokoro, 14:09 x-x x-x 22-21 22-21
Power Play: USA 2-5; JPN 1-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; JPN 5-10
Officials: Referee-Arina Ustinova (RUS); Linesmen-Kaire Leet (EST), Ilona Novotna (CZE)