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Gameday: U.S. Women Open 2020 Under-18 World Championship vs. Finland

By USA Hockey, 12/26/19, 5:45AM EST

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Puck drops at 10:30 a.m. ET; Stream live on IIHF.com

The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team faces Finland this afternoon in the opening game of the 2020 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Puck drop is set for 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET) and the contest can be streamed live here

In the 2019 tournament in Obihiro, Japan, the U.S. went 4-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earned a silver medal to extend its unprecedented medal streak in tournament play to 12-straight IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships.

GAMEDAY - The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team opens play today at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship against Finland at the Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla in Bratislava, Slovakia. Puck drop is slated for 4:30 p.m. local time/10:30 a.m. ET. The matchup will be streamed live on IIHF.com. Live game updates will also be provided on Twitter @USAHockey using the hashtag #U18WWC.

AGAINST FINLAND - The U.S. holds a 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Finland all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The two teams last met on Jan. 12, 2019  in the preliminary round of the 2019 tournament in Japan, where the U.S. earned a 7-1 win. The U.S. outshot the Finnish, 36-18, and nine skaters tallied points in the victory, including Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.), who notched a goal and an assist.

CAPTAIN AMERICA - Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka, Minn.) is serving as team captain alongside alternate captains Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.). All three captains competed at the 2019 Under-18 Series against Canada in Lake Placid, New York last August. 

REPEAT PERFORMERS - The roster features 10 players who helped the U.S. earn silver at last year’s IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Obihiro, Japan, including three-time U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team members Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park), Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.), the team's leading scorer at last year's tournament. In addition, Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.), Caroline Harvey (Pelham, N.H.), Clara Van Wieren (Okemos, Mich.), Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.), Audrey Wethington (Edina, Minn.), Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) and Kiara Zanon (Fairport, N.Y.) return to the team for the second-straight season. 

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - Thirteen players are making their IIHF world-championship play debuts, including forwards Emma Gentry (Alpena, Mich.) and Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) and defenseman Rachel Golnitz (Wyoming, Minn.), who are representing the U.S. for the first time in their careers. 


2020 U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/Result Venue/Location Stream/U.S. Player of the Game Game Stats
Thurs., Dec. 26 Finland
Preliminary
W, 4-1 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Kiara Zanon Stats
Fri., Dec. 27 Russia
Preliminary
W, 1-0 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Ella Huber Stats
Sun., Dec. 29 Canada
Preliminary
L, 1-2 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Makenna Webster Stats
Wed., Jan. 1 Russia
Semifinals
W, 3-0 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Lacey Eden Stats
Thu., Jan. 2 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
W, 2-1 (OT) Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Skylar Vetter Stats

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