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.