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.
HEINOLA, Finland - The U.S. Women’s National U18 Team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Canada here today in the gold-medal game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship.
“I thought we had 22 leaders and 22 followers on our team,” said Jeff Kampersal, head coach of Team USA. “They came together really quickly. They’re incredible kids and players and they gave their heart and soul in this game. I’m proud of our team and I can’t speak highly enough about the character of these girls.”
The U.S. outshot Canada by a 20-1 count in the opening period and put one goal on the board. That came off the stick of Jenny Ryan (Victor, N.Y.) at 18:04 when her blast from the point hit a Canadian player in front of the net and deflected in.
The teams combined for 19 shots on goal in a scoreless second period. U.S. goaltender Sidney Peters (Geneva, Ill.) made 10 stops in the period, including one from point-blank range and several others on goal-mouth scrambles.
After several close chances for both teams in the third period, Canada knotted the game with 13 seconds remaining with an extra attacker to send the game into overtime. Canada then scored just :58 into overtime to gain the victory.
The U.S. finished the tournament with a 4-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and outscored its opponents, 36-2. In six years of the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, Team USA has captured three gold medals (2008, 2009, and 2011) and three silver medals (2010, 2012, and 2013).
NOTES: Goaltender Sidney Peters was named the U.S. Player of the Game with 23 saves … The U.S. outshot Canada, 40-25 … Katherine Schipper (Brooklyn Park, Minn) was named the tournament’s best forward by the directorate as well as most valuable player and best forward by the media … Schipper, Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.), and Danielle Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) were named the Team USA’s three best players of the tournament … Final stats from today’s game can be viewed below.
Scoring by Period 1 2 3 OT F
CAN 0 0 1 1 2
USA 1 0 0 0 1
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Ryan (Schipper, Menke), 18:04 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Bannon (hooking), 4:23; CAN, Ranahan (tripping), 11:47; USA, McKenna (tripping), 15:46; CAN, Krzyzaniak (tripping), 17:37.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Piazza (high-sticking), 2:07; CAN, Moore (tripping), 4:40; USA, Hirschy (hooking), 7:45; CAN, Clark (tripping), 15:31; USA, Menke (closing hand on the puck), 18:33.
Third Period – Scoring: 2, CAN, Dubois (unassisted), 19:47 (ea). Penalties: CAN, Krzyzaniak (body checking), 5:22.
Overtime – Scoring: 3, CAN, Heffernan (Bunton), 0:58. Penalties: None.
Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT Total
CAN 1 10 13 1 25
USA 20 9 10 1 40
Goaltenders (SV-SH) 1 2 3 OT Total
CAN, Newell, 60:11 19-20 9-9 10-10 1-1 39-40
USA, Peters, 60:58 1-1 10-10 12-13 0-1 23-25
Power play: CAN, 0-4; USA, 1-6
Penalties: CAN, 6-12; USA, 4-8
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