The 2014 U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team (4-0-0-0) advanced to today’s gold medal game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship by defeating Czech Republic, 3-1, yesterday in the semifinal game here in Hungary, Budapest.
The U.S. and Canada are meeting for the seventh time at the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship and all games have been in the gold-medal game. Team USA holds a 2-1-2-1-record against Canada with the last meeting taking place on Jan. 5, 2013, where Team USA fell, 2-1, in OT. Canada and the U.S. are the only teams to win this event.
After winning the gold medal three out of the first four years against Canada, the U.S. has been defeated by Canada the last two years. In a very close rivalry, the U.S. has outscored Canada, 18-16, overall and three of the six matches have gone to overtime with Team USA winning one in the extra session.
The match-up with Canada will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Rink 1 of the Icecenter in Budapest, Hungary.
Jeff Kampersal – Head Coach
On the gold medal game against Canada… “Canada is always a strong opponent and we have a great deal of respect for them but we came here to win and that’s our objective.”
Jincy Dunne - Captain
On what it will take to earn the gold medal… “We have to play a smart and efficient game and execute our game plan the way we are capable of and good things will happen.”
Sydney Baldwin - Alternate Captain
On avenging last year’s OT loss to Canada in the gold medal game… “That was last year and right now our focus is on this year and this team and doing everything within our power to play our best game possible and win one shift at a time. If we do that, we’ll have success and the rest will take care of itself.”