Cassie Hall (South Lyon, Mich.) scored twice and Gabby Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.) added two assists, but the U.S. fell 6-5 to Canada in a seven-round shootout in the first game of the 2022 Under-18 Series at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary on Wednesday evening.
“It was an exciting game to get back at it with live action tonight,” said Katie Lachapelle (Lewiston, Maine), head coach of the Under-18 Select Team. “We seemed to come out a bit slow and played a little timid. We certainly picked it up as the game went on and we were all over pucks. We need to play a bit more consistent tomorrow and tighten up in our defensive zone.”
Team USA’s Ava Lindsay (Minnetonka, Minn.) opened the scoring at the 5:15 mark. Canada made an attempt to clear the puck, but Lindsay stole it off a Canadian defender’s stick and put one past their goaltender to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Annabella Fanale (Webster, N.Y.) added an assist on the play. Canada answered back moments later with a goal of its own to tie the game up heading into the second twenty minutes.
Canada scored just 25 seconds into the second period, then added another minutes later to make it 3-1, 4:08 into the period, Elly Klepinger (Corcoran, Minn.) fired off a shot and Hall picked up the rebound and sent a backhander into the net. Ava Thomas (Downington, Pa.) also picked up an assist on the play.
Maggie Scannell (Wynantskill, N.Y.) tied things up at three with a shot from inside the left circle after Kim picked up the puck from behind the U.S. net and Scannell carried it up the ice. Then, a power play goal from Josie St. Martin (Stillwater, Minn.) made it 4-3 in Team USA’s favor. Cailin Mumm (Andover, Minn.) and Kim each earned assists. But with just 19 seconds left in the period, Canada was able to again even the score.
Hall then gave the U.S. the lead 1:48 into the third period with a backhander overtop the shoulder of Canada’s netminder. Peyton Compton (Sanford, Fla.) and Rosie Klein (Chicago, Ill.) picked up assists. An ever-tight game, Canada answered back with a game-tying goal with 41 seconds left in the game.
The game went into overtime, with the U.S. on the penalty kill, but was still tied at 5-5 after five scoreless minutes, and the teams headed to a shootout.
Hall, Samantha Taber (Tewksbury, Mass.) and St. Martin were the first three to take the ice, and Taber and St. Martin each bested Canadian netminder Hannah Clark. Team Canada also went 2-3 in the shootout and the game headed to sudden death. It was ultimately Abby Lunney who scored in the seventh round and sealed a 6-5 victory for Canada.
Annelies Bergmann (Detroit, Mich.) backed the U.S. in net and recorded 45 saves on 50 shots.
The action continues Thursday, August 18, for the Under-18 Select Team in the second of the three-game series at 6 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live here.
Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, Ill.) scored two goals and the U.S. outshot Canada 36-34, but Team USA fell, 4-3, in a shootout in game one of the 2022 Collegiate Select Series at the Markin MacPhail Centre tonight.
“I think it took a little bit for us to get into it,” said Allison Coomey, head coach of the Collegiate Women's Select Team. “By the third period we came out with a lot of energy and tempo and came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie it up, so that was great and we’ll head into tomorrow with good momentum.”
Janecke got the first of the game towards the end of the opening period after some miscommunication around Canada’s net that left it vacated while the U.S. was on a powerplay. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) set Janecke up for the goal as she swiped the puck from the Canadian goaltender.
With 5:09 left in the second, Julia Gosling tied the game at 1-1, then Canada tacked on another on the powerplay to head into the final period up by one.
Canada picked up its third, shorthanded, but Team USA answered back less than a minute later with 6:26 left in the game to close Canada’s lead to 3-2. Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) fired a slapshot on the powerplay after connecting on a passing play between Nicole LaMantia (Wayne, Ill.) and Natalie Buchbinder (Fairport, N.Y.).
Then, the U.S. headed to the powerplay with just over one minute left and pulled goaltender Callie Shanahan (Commerce Township, Mich.) for the extra attacker. Janecke scored her second of the night as time expried after Canada nearly scored on an empty net. Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) and Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.) picked up assists, with just 2.1 seconds remaining.
Neither team was able to score the game-deciding goal in overtime, and Canada took the game after scoring twice in the shootout.
Shanahan got the start in net and finished with 31 saves.
The Collegiate Women's Select Team plays their second game in the best-of-three series tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live here.