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Gameday: U.S.-Russia Rematch Set for U-18 Women's World Championship Semifinal

By USA Hockey, 01/01/20, 5:45AM EST


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

The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team takes on Russia this afternoon in a semifinal clash at 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 enters the knockout round today at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship against Russia 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 Live game updates will also be provided on Twitter @USAHockey using the hashtag #U18WWC.

AGAINST RUSSIA - The U.S. holds a 12-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Russia all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The U.S. and Russia squared off Friday in the second contest of the tournament, defeating the Russians 1-0. Ella Huber (Northfield, Ill.) scored the go-ahead-goal and Amanda Thiele (Milford, Mich.) made 20 saves to earn a shutout in her U-18 National Team debut.

STREAKING OUT - Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.) has recorded a point in every game of this year's tournament, including the lone goal in Team USA's 2-1 loss to Canada. The forward also tallied an assist on Ella Huber's  game-winning goal against Russia, and the game-winning assist in the United States' 4-1 win over Finland. Eden's three points (1G-2A) currently leads the U.S. in scoring.

HISTORY IN THE SEMIFINALS - Team USA and Finland met in the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship semifinals for the first time last year. The U.S. has won all 12 semifinal contests it has played at the competition, topping the Czech Republic six times, Sweden twice and Canada, Finland, Germany and Russia each once. 

RETURN OF THE MAK - Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) led all U.S. players at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship with 6 points (3G-3A), good for second amongst all skaters in the tournament. Picking up where she left off, Webster has tallied a point in each of the last two games, including the game-winning assist on Ella Huber's goal against the Russians. 

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
W, 4-1 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Kiara Zanon Stats
Fri., Dec. 27 Russia
W, 1-0 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Ella Huber Stats
Sun., Dec. 29 Canada
L, 1-2 Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla
Bratislava, Slovakia
Makenna Webster Stats
Wed., Jan. 1 Russia
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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