Callie Shanahan (Commerce Township, Mich.) stopped 18 of 19 shots in a 4-1 U.S. Collegiate Women’s Select Team win over Canada. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) was credited with the primary assist on Team USA’s first two goals, including the eventual game-winner.
“We had great momentum in the third period yesterday that helped us to a quick start today, and after working on things on video, the team did a great job of executing the game plan tonight,” said Allison Coomey (State College, Pa.), head coach of the Collegiate Select Team. “We’ll get some rest tomorrow, practice and watch some video, and re-group ahead of Saturday.”
The U.S. forecheck forced a turnover deep into Canada’s own zone, and Maureen Murphy dished out a backhand pass that was hammered home by Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, Ill.) to open the game. Team USA doubled its lead with another great pass into the front of the net that Britta Curl (Bismark, N.D.) one-timed in, giving the U.S. a 2-0 lead 6:21 into the first.
Canada responded midway through the opening period on a breakaway goal. The U.S. penalty kill led by Shanahan stopped back-to-back Canada powerplays, keeping the score 2-1.
Team USA was forced to kill a 5-on-3 Canadian powerplay for 1:47 and came up big to keep the score at 2-1, nearly scoring as the advantage expired as the players returned to the ice. In the final minutes of the middle frame, Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) jumped to a breakaway opportunity while Canada changed defensive pairings, finishing top shelf on her backhand to put the U.S. up, 3-1.
The U.S. scored the lone goal in the third period, with Kiara Zanon (Fairport, N.Y.) putting Team USA up 4-1. Shanahan stopped 18 of 19 shots in the win.
The final game in the three-set series continues Saturday (Aug. 20) for the Collegiate Select Women’s Team in the final game of the series at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live here.
Goaltender Layla Hemp (Chanhassen, Minn.) made 43 saves for Team USA, but the U.S. Under-18 Select Team fell 4-0 to Canada in the second game of the 2022 Under-18 Series at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary on Thursday evening.
“We saw some growth again today and are looking forward to more on Saturday” said Katie Lachapelle (Lewiston, Maine), head coach of the Under-18 Select Team. “We know that we need to be more consistent overall with our play and we certainly think that will happen on Saturday.”
Canada struck first, taking a 1-0 lead just over halfway through the first period, and the U.S. and Canada held each other scoreless in the second period.
Canada then got its second of the game 31 seconds into the third and added a third tally at the 7:54 mark.
An empty net goal with under a minute to play sealed things for Canada at 4-0. Hemp stopped 43 of 46 shots faced.
The final game in the three-set series continues Saturday (Aug. 20) for the Under-18 Select Team in the final game of the series at 6 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live here.