After taking the day yesterday to explore Moscow as a group, Team USA returned to the ice today from 3:30-4:45 p.m. for its final tune-up before tomorrow’s semifinal matchup against Canada at 3:30 p.m. local time/7:30 a.m. ET. In a team meeting following practice, USWNT members Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, and Cayla Barnes, who played alongside seven current members of this team at last year’s U18 Women’s Worlds, talked to the group via live video and offered words of wisdom and encouragement before tomorrow’s game.
“I expect a highly competitive game and I’m excited for it,” said head coach Joel Johnson. “We’re going to need players to step up and be stars in their particular role, and I’m really looking forward to that because I believe this team is coming together as a family.”
TAKE FIVE: Gracie Ostertag
Defender Gracie Ostertag (Shakopee, Minn.) is serving as an alternate captain of this year's U.S. squad, and is one of three members of Team USA to return for a third year after winning gold at this event in 2016 and 2017.
FAVORITE FOOD: Sloppy Joe’s
BEST MEMORY FROM YOUR PLAYING CAREER: Winning the IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in 2016
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
ONE PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET: Michael Buble
COOLEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED: Jamaica
TAKE FIVE: Hadley Hartmetz
Defender Hadley Hartmetz (Phoenixville, PA.) is the lone Pennsylvanian on the roster, but one of six players skating for Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep. Hartmetz picked up an assist in last Sunday's 5-3 win over Russia.
YOUR DREAM JOB: Physical therapist
FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers
FAVORITE FOOD: Crab cakes
IF YOU COULD BE ON ANY GAME SHOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Family Feud