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2022-23 #RivalrySeries Insider | Storybook Knight

By USA Hockey, 11/21/22, 12:15AM EST

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Follow along with Team USA's journey during the 2022-23 Rivalry Series

The 2022-23 Rivalry Series is set for seven games this season taking place in November, December and February. For the full Rivalry Series schedule, click HERE. Follow along Team USA's journey with exclusive, inside access through our daily notebook.

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November 20 | Storybook Knight

SEATTLE – The U.S. Women’s National Team won its third straight contest against Canada with a 4-2 victory at Climate Pledge Arena on Sunday night. The win came in front of a record-setting crowd, as the 14,551 fans that packed Climate Pledge Arena marked the highest attendance on U.S. soil in Women’s National Team history. 

Prior to puck drop, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) received a gold stick to commemorate her all-time points record in the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She then led Team USA with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist on the opening goal within the first minute of the game. 

“I think that the crowd and everybody coming out of their seats 40 seconds into the game was a script that you can’t really draw up,” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “What an exciting game.

To read the full game recap, click HERE.


November 19 | In The Community

Team USA arrived back in Seattle to much fanfare, as the Emerald City welcome the team back from its week-long swing in Canada. The day was filled with excitement starting in the morning with a youth-sports panel and Jr. Kraken Girls Skill Clinic, all the way to the evening, where the team was special guests of Kraken Chairperson Samantha Holloway and Kraken Owner David Bonderman at the Kraken vs. Kings game. Kendall Coyne Schofield and Hilary Knight even dropped the puck at the event. 

USA Hockey also used the weekend to host the third annual Game On: Women's Leadership Summit. The summit is a two-day event that provides information and training to 40 USA Hockey volunteers from a diverse set of backgrounds and associations that support girls/ women’s hockey. The summit helps empower attendees so they can connect their local community and enhance the diversity of our future leadership pool. The 2022 Summit will focused on leadership tools, including group dynamics, collaboration, communication, community building, and networking.


November 18 | Back on Home Soil

Friday marked a travel day for the team following their 2-1 win over Canada in the second game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series in Kamloops, B.C.

Stay tuned to our social channels @USAHockey for all of the continued real-time coverage of the U.S. Women's National Team, as they return to home soil in Seattle and get set to face Canada and look to improve to 3-0 in the series. 


November 17 | Team USA 2, Canada 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored late in the third period to give the U.S. a 2-1 victory in the second game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series at the Sandman Centre on Thursday evening, as Team USA now heads back to the United States up 2-0 in the series. 

Read the full recap HERE.


November 16 | The Winding Road to Kamloops

Fresh off a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada from the night prior, the U.S. hit the road, taking the 2.5 hour bus ride up to Kamloops, B.C. Since it was a travel day, the team had the day off from skating, so many took the opportunity to take a walk around downtown Kamloops and relax as game two of the series is right around the corner. 

GET TO KNOW…KELSEY KING
Learn more about U.S. Women's National Team newcomer Kelsey King.

NAME: Kelsey King 
POSITION: Forward
HOMETOWN: Elk River, Minn. 
CURRENT TEAM: Minnesota State University (WCHA)

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY: I’m bold. I’m a very tenacious player and I like to work hard out on the ice. I can also shoot the puck when I get the chance. 

WHAT IT MEANS TO REPRESENT TEAM USA: I’m most excited about the opportunity to be a part of something that I’ve dreamed of and to also get the chance to just learn from some really great players and coaches. I’m excited to get the chance to leave my mark. 

FAVORITE PLACE HOCKEY HAS TAKEN HER: I would say Burlington, Vermont. Church Street was really cool, that area is really nice. 

 


November 15 | USA 4, Canada 3 (SO)

KELOWNA, B.C. – The U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in a shootout to capture the first game of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series in Kelowna, B.C. on Tuesday night.  

Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored the shootout winner and notched the game-tying goal to lead Team USA, while Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) notched a goal, an assist and scored the first goal of the shootout. Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) made two saves in the shootout round and stopped 32 shots in the victory. 

Read the full recap HERE.


November 14 | One Sleep Till Gameday

The day before gameday and the excitement throughout the team was palpable. The team spent the morning enjoying the scenery in Kelowna, before hitting the ice for a practice. 

Hear what newcomer Haley Winn had to say about the game one Tuesday. 


November 13 | Practice Makes Perfect

Sunday was the team's first full day in Kelowna. Following a morning of team meetings, the team headed over to Prospera Place, the home of the Kelowna Rockets, for its first practice in Canada. 

Check our the top photos from practice below...


November 12 | Shippin' up to Kelowna

With a flight to Kelowna scheduled for the afternoon, Team USA spent the morning exploring Seattle before heading to the airport. A group of players hit up the famous Post Alley Gum Wall and Pike Place Market. They spent time at the fish stands in the market, with a few of them catching fish being flung across the stalls. 

Following a fishy morning, they hopped a short hour-long flight to snow-covered Kelowna. The team is in the mountain town for a few days prior to the first game of the Rivalry Series on Tuesday at Prospera Place at 7 p.m. PT. 

GET TO KNOW...GABBY ROSENTHAL
Learn more about U.S. Women's National Team newcomer Gabby Rosenthal.

NAME: Gabby Rosenthal 
POSITION: Forward
BIRTHDAY: September 13, 1999
HOMETOWN: Blaine, Minn.
CURRENT TEAM: Ohio State University (WCHA)

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY: I think I’m a defensive, physical player that tries to use my speed whenever I have the opportunity. I’m definitely physical and tough.

FAVORITE PLACE HOCKEY HAS TAKEN HER: Seattle definitely is up there, but other than Seattle, I’d say Las Vegas. 

WHAT IT MEANS TO REPRESENT TEAM USA: I’m super excited. I think it’s a great honor and privilege to be in this position and to be able to learn from everyone around me. That’s something I’m really looking forward to, especially with these veteran players on the roster, players that I looked up to when I was younger. I’m just happy to be here and feel really lucky. 


November 11 | Game Action

Day three was filled with fun both on and off the ice. The team opened the day with a scrimmage against the AAA Wenatchee Wild U18 Boys team at the Kraken Community Iceplex. The U.S. topped the Wild, using the scrimmage as an opportunity to gel in a game environment. Seattle-area kids also had the day off from school, so the stands were packed to watch Team USA take the ice as well. 

TAKING IN KRAKEN VS. WILD

Following the scrimmage, the team was invited to the Seattle Kraken-Minnesota Wild game as special guests of the Kraken. Players took in Climate Pledge Arena for the first time, seeing in person where they are going to play on November 20. The team was presented a special ‘Team USA’ Kraken jersey, met Kraken mascot Buoy and had some very nice seats, right off the glass, to take in the action. Following the game, Wild goalies Marc-André Fleury and Filip Gustavsson met up with Team USA netminders Nicole HensleyMaddie Rooney and Aerin Frankel. The group chatted all things #GoalieNation and swapped some pointers on playing in net at Climate Pledge Arena. 


November 10 | Hitting the Ice

Day two in Seattle and the team started the day at the rink, hitting the ice for full practice. A group of fans came out to watch the team skate, giving the players a little extra pep as they worked hard on the ice. The team is enjoying skating at the Kraken Community Iceplex, the training home of the Seattle Kraken, especially since there is a Starbucks on the top floor – this team has a lot of coffee fans! If you ask the team who they think has the most complicated coffee order, it would be a unanimous answer…Hilary Knight. Her order is too complicated for the writer of this insider to even type out.

PRACTICING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION

Following Team USA’s practice, Kelly PannekNicole HensleyMaureen Murphy and Becca Gilmore surprised the Jr. Kraken Girls 8U and 10U teams at their evening practice. The teams were excited to skate with members of the U.S. Women’s National Team hear their advice on working hard and staying motivated. 


November 9 | Welcome to Seattle!

Welcome to Seattle! With the start of the 2022-23 Rivalry Series right around the corner, the U.S. Women’s National Team opened its four-day training camp at the Kraken Community Iceplex in the Emerald City. Camp opened with a fast-paced, intense practice as both familiar faces and newcomers alike hit the ice.  

VIEWS FOR DAYS

After an energetic practice, the team took in some Seattle sights, visiting the iconic Space Needle. Following a quick lesson on the history of the structure, the team took the elevator to the top, taking in the stunning panoramic views. Since it was a clear, sunny day in Seattle, the mountains and cityscape made for breathtaking views….and a great photo-op. 

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Since the Seattle community has been so welcoming to the U.S. Women’s National Team, the team wanted to make sure they give back to the community that supports them. Wednesday morning, forwards Hayley ScamurraJincy Dunne and defender Rory Guilday stopped by a learn-to-skate clinic being hosted by the Seattle Kraken to help teach the young children how to skate.

This clinic was special, as it was put on by the Seattle Kraken’s philanthropic arm, the One Roof Foundation and ReWA, the Refugee Women’s Alliance. The special program hosts children whose families participate in the early learning centers with ReWA the opportunity to learn how to skate for free. 

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