The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team took to the ice on Saturday morning and enjoyed lunch after the skate at Toyota Sports Center. Following lunch, the team took a short bus ride over to Staples Center to take in a game between the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights.
During the first TV timeout of the second period, Team USA received a warm welcome from the fans at Staples Center after being recognized on the jumbotron.
After the end of the second period, the team was escorted to the event level of the arena where they were able to get a front row view of American goaltender Jonathan Quick and the rest of the Kings.
After watching some of the game from ice level, the team was had a chance to tour the Kings locker room where they took a few photos and saw the stalls of some of their favorite NHL players.
Following the game, the team traveled back to Toyota Sports Center for its second practice of the day, focusing on special teams.
Team USA on the jumbotron at Staples Center on Saturday.
CLOSE TO HOME
Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) is the one player on the Under-18 Women's National Team that didn't need to take a plane to Los Angeles for camp.
Petrie is going for her third straight gold medal at this year's Under-18 Women's World Championship and came up playing hockey in the Los Angeles area, spending most of her time with the Jr. Ducks and Jr. Kings.
Now in her freshman season at Harvard University, Petrie recently served as captain of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team that competed in a series against Canada in Calgary this past August.
Petrie joined Patrick O'Neal and Derek Armstrong during the second intermission of Saturday's LA Kings game to discuss the excitement for the upcoming tournament and her development as a hockey player growing up in California.
Petrie chatting with Patrick O’Neal and Derek Armstrong during the second intermission of the LA Kings game on Saturday.
Following the second practice of the day, the U.S. squad enjoyed a dinner at Toyota Sports Center before heading back to the team hotel. After returning to the hotel, the team took part in some team building games in the meeting room before kicking back and taking in some World Junior Championship game action between the United States and Sweden.
On Sunday, Team USA will practice from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Toyota Sports Center. At 6:00 p.m. the team will be on the ice for a second time that day in a scrimmage against the LA Jr. Kings. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.