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Gameday: U.S. Goes for Gold at Under-18 Women's World Championship

By USA Hockey, 01/02/20, 6:00AM EST


Puck drops against Canada at 2:30 p.m. ET; Stream live on

The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team aims to win its eighth gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship when it faces Canada tonight at the Ice Rink Vlado Dzurilla in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Puck drop is slated for 8:30 p.m. local time/2:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will be streamed live on

GAMEDAY - The U.S. is 7-4-4-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Canada all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The U.S. and Canada last squared off Sunday in the third contest of the tournament, falling to the Canadians 2-1. Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.) scored for the United States and Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) made 36 saves in the loss.

CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS - Team USA and Canada have faced off for gold in 11 of the 12 previous U18WWCs, with the U.S. holding a 6-5 advantage in those contests. Five of those 10 contests have gone into overtime (2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2008), with the U.S. winning two. 

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 (Northfield, Ill.) game-winning goal against Russia, the game-winning assist in the United States' 4-1 win over Finland and the second goal in Team USA's 3-0 win over Russia in yesterday's semifinal. Eden's four points (2G-2A) currently lead the U.S. in scoring.

SUPERIOR GOALTENDING - Team USA's goaltending has been dominant throughout the tournament. Netminders Amanda Thiele (Milford, Mich.) and Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.), entering today's semifinal with the top save percentage and lowest goals against clip. Vetter ranks among the top goaltenders in the tournament with a .937 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average. Thiele has recorded shutouts in each of her tournament starts, both against Russia.

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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Keady Norton coaches behind the bench.