GAME DAY: The 2017 U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team opened the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Under-18 World Championship with a 6-1 victory over Russia yesterday (January 7) at PSG Arena in Zlin, Czech Republic. The U.S. will continue preliminary round play today against Sweden at 1:30 p.m. ET. The match-up will be streamed live at u18worldwomen2017.iihf.com.
USA vs. SWEDEN: The U.S. and Sweden are meeting for the ninth time at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship. Team USA holds a 8-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Sweden with the last meeting taking place on Janurary 14, 2016. The U.S. won 4-0 in the semifinal game. The U.S. has outscored Sweden 56-4 overall and has not allowed a goal in the last six meetings dating back to 2010. The U.S. has outscored Sweden 41-0 during that span
GETTING OFFENSIVE: Cayla Barnes netted a pair of goals and was one of four players to register multiple-point games, as the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team defeated Russia, 6-1,yesterday in its opening game of the tournament. Natalie Heising (1-1), Anneke Linser (1-1) and Taylor Wente (1-1) also had multiple point games. In total, 10 players had at least one point in the game. Barnes, who celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday, was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Alex Gulstene stopped 14 of 15 shots she faced against Russia to earn her first win of the tournament. She is now undefeated in four games at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship over the past two years.
TEAM USA FIRSTS: Eleven players made their national team debuts in the opening game against Russia on Saturday and four players recorded their first points. Anneke Linser (1-1), Clair DeGeorge (0-1), Delaney Drake (0-1) and Maureen Murphy (1-0).
LEADING THE WAY Joel Johnson has led Team USA to an undefeated record (8-3-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) over the last three seasons that he has been the head coach of the Under-18 team.
Year Head Coach Record Finish
2017 Joel Johnson 1-0-0-0 -------
2016 Joel Johnson 4-1-0-0 Gold Medal
2015 Joel Johnson 3-2-0-0 Gold Medal