TOURNAMENT OFF DAY
All eight teams competing in the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship had the day off after playing on back-to-back days. Team USA skated from 3:45-4:45 p.m. before having the evening off to have dinner and spend time with friends and family that traveled to Russia. The U.S. closes preliminary-round play tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. ET vs. Canada.
Eight players collected points as Team USA defeated Russia, 5-3, yesterday for its second win in as many days to open the competition. The U.S. effort was fueled by four power-play goals in the opening period. For a complete game recap, highlights & postgame comments from the contest, click here.
TAKE FIVE: Hannah Bilka
Forward Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) recorded a goal and an assist in yesterday’s win over Russia. The goal was her first in a Team USA sweater in IIHF world-championship play.
BEST MEMORY FROM PLAYING CAREER: Playing in Sweden with the East Coast Selects
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Office
ONE PERSON YOU'D LIKE TO MEET: Tom Brady
FAVORITE HOBBY: Dance
JOURNEY TO RUSSIA
Last week, players and staff from Team USA made the journey from Wesley Chapel, Florida, to Dmitrov, Russia ahead of the tournament. The travel started at 9 a.m. ET on the morning of Jan. 2 and the group arrived in Dmitrov at 4:30 p.m. local time on Jan. 3 before holding its first on-ice session at 6:30 p.m. For an inside look at Team USA’s travels, check out the video below.