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2024 Women's Worlds Insider | Edwards Hat Trick Propels U.S.

By USA Hockey , 04/13/24, 6:30PM EDT

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Follow along with Team USA's journey at the 2024 IIHF Women's World Championship

The 2024 IIHF Women's World Championship will take place from April 3-14, 2024, in Utica, New York. Scroll for an inside look at Team USA's journey as they defend gold on home soil, from the start of camp in Lake Placid, New York, through the team's final moments at this year's world championship!

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Saturday, April 13 | Edwards Hat Trick Propels U.S.

UTICA, N.Y. -- Laila Edwards (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) recorded a hat trick and Aerin Frankel (Chappaqua, N.Y.) earned her fourth shutout of the tournament to help the U.S. Women’s National Team advance to the gold-medal game of the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a 5-0 win over Finland at the Adirondack Bank Center. 

The U.S. will face the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal game between Canada and Czechia, with puck drop for Sunday’s gold-medal game set for 5 p.m. ET, live on NHL Network. 

Team USA has reached the gold medal game at every Women’s World Championship staged, 23 straight.

GAME PHOTOS


Friday, April 12 | One Final Practice

Team USA hit the ice for practice for one final time at the IIHF Women's World Championship today. With one day in between the team's quarterfinal game against Japan on Thursday and semifinal game against Finland on Saturday, the team used the time to fine tune some schemes and get some special teams work in. 

With a spot in the gold medal game on the line in Saturday's game against Finland, the message was clear, work hard and play the team's game. 

The U.S. enters Saturday's semifinal game with a 17-1-1 (W-L-T) in all-time semifinal action at the Women's Worlds. Team USA's opponent, Finland, has been the U.S.' semifinal foe three times before, 2021, 2013 and 1999, with the U.S. winning all three previous meetings. 

Game On Women's Leadership Summit Kicks Off

This year's USA Hockey Game On Women's Leadership Summit kicked off this evening in Utica. The annual event, which is hosted by USA Hockey provides current and future female leaders tangible tools to enhance the leadership development efforts of female volunteers.

Over the next three days, participants from around the country will hear from a combination of speakers and breakout sessions led by experts on inclusion, confidence, building trust, connecting with your community, and growing the game.

THREE BIRTHDAYS IN THREE DAYS

Team USA is celebrating three birthdays in three days here in Utica. Sydney Morrow turned 20 today (April 12), Alex Carpenter turns 30 tomorrow (April 13) and Abbey Murphy turns 22 on Sunday (April 14). 


Thursday, April 11 | U.S. Advances To Semifinals Against Finland

TEAM USA 10 | JAPAN 0

HIGHLIGHTS

UTICA, N.Y. - Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) each tallied a pair of goals to lift the U.S. National Women’s Team past Japan, 10-0, and advance to the semifinals of the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship at the Adirondack Bank Center on Thursday.  

The U.S. will face Finland in the semifinals on Saturday (April 13). Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be live on NHL Network.  

PHOTOS


Wednesday, April 10 | Getting Ready For Japan

After a well-deserved day off on Tuesday, Team USA hit the Adirondack Bank Center ice today for its practice as they prepare to take on Japan in the quarterfinals on Thursday. 

The U.S. enters the playoff round as the top overall seed after winning group A with a 4-0-0-0 record. 

Practice was light and fun, but also hard work, as the team mixed drills with laughs for an hour. Practice ended with a fun competition - players lined up at the far goal line and had to bounce a pass off the boards and into the net on the other side of the rink. The challenge stumped most of the team, but goaltender Gwyneth Philips and forward Abbey Murphy were the two still standing at the end. 

ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER DOG

Today's therapy dog was Allie, an 11-year-old German Shepard and Husky mix. Allie was very excited to meet the U.S. Women's National Team and was spoiled with treats from many players. 

Allie's favorite tricks were shake, but only with her right paw, and spin, but only clockwise. 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARRIVE IN UTICA

With the playoff round upon us, many of Team USA's family and friends are starting to arrive into town to cheer on the team as they go for gold. 

Each Women's World Championship, USA Hockey arranges travel, game tickets and gear for one guest of each member of the U.S. Women's National Team and staff. With this year's World Championship on home soil, many family and friends are in town to cheer on the USA.

To welcome everyone to Utica, USA Hockey hosted a BBQ at the team hotel where guests and players alike could eat, drink and enjoy each other's company. 


Tuesday, April 9 | Exploring Central New York

OUTING TO COOPERSTOWN

After an exciting finish to Team USA's preliminary round slate on Monday evening, the team enjoyed a full off day, exploring all that central New York has to offer. 

A number of players, staff and friends and family joining in on an afternoon trip to Cooperstown, New York and the Baseball Hall of Fame. The group explored the hall together taking in the history of America's pastime. 

After, the group got dinner together before heading back to Utica. 

 

PLAYERS VISIT HORSE FARM

A group of players also enjoyed their off day with a visit to a local horse farm. The group took a short drive to Verona, New York, to meet some locals. 

Players had the opportunity to explore the stables, pet the horses and see them grazing the open field. 

With the weather sunny and in the 70s, it was the perfect day!

QUARTERFINAL OPPONENT SET

Team USA's quarterfinal game has been set! The U.S. will face Japan on Thursday (April 11) at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. 

Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. ET and can be viewed live on NHL Network. Limited tickets remain, to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

The winner of Thursday's game will move on to the semifinal round on Saturday. 


Monday, April 8 | Simms OT Winner Clinches Group A

TEAM USA 1 | CANADA 0 (OT)

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

UTICA, N.Y. — Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) netted the game-winning goal 3:38 into overtime as the U.S. Women’s National Team shutout Canada, 1-0 to win Group A at the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. 

Aerin Frankel (Chappaqua, N.Y.) recorded a 26-save shutout in net to lead the U.S. on the defensive end, her second of the tournament.  

GAME PHOTOS


Sunday, April 7 | Practice Day In Utica

After winning back-to-back games against Czechia and Switzerland, Team USA was back on the ice for its final practice before facing Canada on Monday. Players kept practice light, fun and fast paced, knowing a sold out game awaits tomorrow. 

Monday's game against Canada marks the fourth and final preliminary round game for the U.S., who enters the game with an undefeated record of 3-0-0-0. The winner of tomorrow's game will win Group A, as Canada is also undefeated heading into the showdown. 

DOG OF THE DAY

Team USA welcomed another dog to the team hotel today. Roxxi, a nine year old German Shepard, Terrier and Golden Retriever mix, spent the afternoon being loved on members of the national team. 

Roxxi, loved having her neck scratched and after arriving, kept Team USA company as they watch the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship Game. 

 

2022 UNDER-18 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM REUINON 

Just two short years ago, Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, N.Y.), Laila Edwards (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) played on an electric line together at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. The trio combined for seven goals and 12 assists, with Edwards being named tournament MVP. 

Two years later the group, along with Sydney Morrow (Darien, Conn.), the group is looking to make an impact on the U.S. Women's National Team. The three sat down with the IIHF today to speak about their full-circle moment. 

"It was fun getting to play with these two [Janecke and Edwards] back in 2022 during the under-18 tournament," Simms said during an interview with the IIHF on Sunday. "Getting to be here at reunite with them at this level is super special, it's a full circle moment."

"That tournament [in 2022] had a lot of learning moments for all of us," Janecke said. "We all wanted to be here at the next level some day and for us to be able to share this experience has been incredible."


Saturday, April 6 | U.S. Pushes Past Finland

TEAM USA 5 | FINLAND 3

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

UTICA, N.Y. – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Finland by a 5-3 count before a capacity crowd at the Adirondack Bank Center to win its third straight preliminary round game at the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

“You have to build in these tournaments,” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team. “Fighting how we had to today adds a little bit of adversity and strengthens the group. It really gives us the opportunity to gel together.”

GAME PHOTOS


Friday, April 5 | Carpenter Hat Trick Leads Team USA

TEAM USA 6 | CZECHIA 0

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

UTICA, N.Y. – Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) recorded a hat trick, Laila Edwards (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) scored twice and Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) stopped all 19 shots she faced to help the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 6-0 victory over Czechia in its second preliminary round game here at the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship. 

GAME PHOTOS


Thursday, April 4 | Puppy Love

For the second time this week, the U.S. Women's National Team welcomed a therapy dog to the team hotel for players to play with and enjoy. Thursday's furry friend was Simcha, a four-year-old Labradoodle. 

Simcha was a fan favorite, with players continuously visiting her and giving well-deserved belly rubs. 

LEADERSHIP GROUP ANNOUNCED

UTICA, N.Y. – Forward Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) has been named captain of the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team. In addition, forward Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) will serve as alternate captains. 

All three members of Team USA’s leadership group were part of the gold medal-winning 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team. Knight held the role of captain for that team, while Carpenter and Keller were also alternate captains.

TEAM USA HITS 100TH WOMEN'S WORLDS WIN

Wednesday's win against Switzerland was not just an important game for the U.S., but marked a historic milestone for the program. The win was Team USA's 100th all-time Women's Worlds victory, becoming the first team in IIHF history to hit that mark. 


Wednesday, April 3 | Opening Day Win

TEAM USA 4 | SWITZERLAND 0

With the first day of competition in the books, Team USA sits atop the Group A standings following a 4-0 victory over Switzerland. 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

UTICA, N.Y. – Behind two goals from defender Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.), the U.S. Women’s National Team skated past Switzerland, 4-0, in its first preliminary round game of the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship here at the Adirondack Bank Center.

“There’s a lot of respect there for Switzerland, they stood tough and blocked a lot of our shots coming out in the game,” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team. “We made some adjustments at the blue line to manufacture our offense. We diversified how we attacked in the offensive zone and it paid off.”

GAME PHOTOS


Tuesday, April 2 | One Sleep 'Till Game Day

The team’s first full day in Utica was a busy one, with practice and media day on the schedule. The team wasted no time after arriving at the Adirondack Bank Center, first checking out their locker room space and receiving their team gear for the tournament. Team USA gets to use the Utica Comets’ locker room space during the tournament.

The team then donned their navy jerseys for media day, taking headshots and the team photo, before jumping on the ice for a full practice. There were a few tricks up some players sleeves, so keep your eyes peeled for some fun content coming out of media day. 

HOW TO WATCH WOMEN'S WORLDS

NHL Network is your home for all things 2024 IIHF Women's World Championship. The network will broadcast ALL Team USA games live, in addition to select other preliminary round games. 

All quarterfinal, semifinal and medal games will also be broadcast live on the network as well. 

The full NHL Network broadcast schedule is below. 

DATE TIME (ET) GAME
April 3 11 a.m. Denmark vs. Sweden
April 3 7 p.m. USA vs. Switzerland
April 4 11 a.m. China vs. Japan
April 5 11 a.m. Sweden vs. China
April 5 7 p.m. USA vs. Czechia
April 6 3 p.m. Japan vs. Germany
April 6 7 p.m. USA vs. Finland
April 7 11 a.m. Sweden vs. Japan
April 7 3 p.m. Canada vs. Czechia
April 8 11 a.m. Germany vs. Sweden
April 8 7 p.m. USA vs. Canada
April 9 11 a.m. Germany vs. China
April 11 10 a.m. Quarterfinals Game On
April 11 1:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Game Two
April 11 8:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Game Four
April 13 3 p.m. Semifinals Game One
April 13 7 p.m. Semifinals Game Two
April 14 1 p.m. Bronze Medal Game
April 14 5 p.m. Gold Medal Game

PUPPY LOVE

As a way to relax and unwind from the grind of the tournament, members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and staff enjoyed a few hours with therapy dogs at the team hotel. Keira, an 11 year old Border Collie, spent a few hours after practice cuddling and playing fetch with members of the team. 

Many players on the national team have dogs themselves, so hanging out with Keira provided a nice sense of comfort and adorableness.


Monday, April 1 | Off To Utica

Team USA took to the ice for the first time since the announcement of the team for its final skate in Lake Placid. Practice was upbeat and full of energy, with the team gelling together. Once practice ended, players boarded the bus and took the three hour drive to Utica, New York. 

The city welcomed the team with open arms, with media greeting the team upon arrival at the hotel. 

The greater Utica area also created hype with local children, distributing 13,000 activity books with games and information about all ten teams competing to 55 schools in the Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. Additionally, 7,000 of those Utica-area elementary school students attending games throughout the tournament. 

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2024 IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

  1. The 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship will take place on U.S. soil in Utica, New York, at the Adirondack Bank Center, April 3-14. It marks the first time since 2017 and the fifth time overall that USA Hockey has hosted the tournament. 
  2. Fans will have the opportunity to experience the Subaru World Championship Village. Free and open to everyone, the World Championship Village will be the hub of activity throughout the 12-day women’s ice hockey tournament and festival. The space will be open from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. ET daily, with live music filling the indoor venue beginning at 4 p.m. each day of the tournament. 
  3. Ten teams will compete for the World Championship title here in Utica. Group A consists of the United States, Canada, Czechia, Finland and Switzerland. Group B includes China, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Sweden. Each team will play four preliminary-round games in their group before the elimination rounds start. 
  4. The U.S. enters the tournament as defending World Champions having won the 2023 tournament by the tally of 6-3 against Canada. It marked the U.S.’ tenth all-time gold medal in the event.
  5. The 2024 edition is the 23rd overall Women’s World Championship. The first Women’s Worlds was competed in 1990 and Team USA has skated in the gold medal game in every WWC, winning gold ten times. 

STOMPIN' IN MY AIR FORCE ONES

Team USA had a special surprise waiting for them in their lockers following the naming of the national team, customized Air Force Ones. Players arrived to the rink to the song, Air Force Ones by Nelly and their shoes waiting for them. Each player’s shoes have their number and the USA Hockey shield on the heel. 

With a few sneaker connoisseurs on the roster, you’ll be sure to see them rocking their AF1 during the tournament.  


Sunday, March 31 | Meet Team USA

We have ourselves a team! Earlier today, the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team was announced. The 25-player roster features a mix of skill and speed, along with a balance of youth and a veteran presence.  

"The team we've selected brings pedigree and excitement to the ice," said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the 2024 U.S. Women's National Team. "We're confident in this group and are excited to compete for a gold on home soil."

Meet Team USA

TEAM USA BY THE NUMBERS...

25: Total number of players selected to represent the U.S. at the 2024 IIHF Women's World Championship. The team is comprised of 15 forwards, seven defenders and three goaltenders. 

18: Total number of returners from the gold medal-winning 2023 squad, including Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.), Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.), Aerin Frankel (Chappaqua, N.Y.), Rory Guilday (Minnetonka, Minn.), Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.), Caroline Harvey (Salem, N.H.), Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.), Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.), Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, Ill.), Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.), Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.), Hayley Scamurra (Getzville, N.Y.) and Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.).

5: Number of newcomers that will be making their U.S. Women's National Team debut at an international tournament. Joy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.), Laila Edwards (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Sydney Morrow (Dairen, Conn.), Gwyneth Philips (Athens, Ohio) and Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) will don the red, white and blue for the first time. 

2: Number of national team players returning to the roster. Three-time Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) returns to the U.S. Women’s National Team following maternity leave, as does Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) after a season, both of whom were members of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team.

10: Number of colleges programs players either currently play for or played for previously. Members of the national team represent the University of Wisconsin, Northeastern University, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Boston College, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Lindenwood University and Penn State University.  

BEHIND THE SCENES

Be sure to tune in to NHL Network following Team USA’s opening game against Switzerland on Wednesday (March 31) at 9:30 p.m. ET for episode five of the breakout hit Defending Their Ice: The Story of the U.S. Women’s National Team, to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team was formed. 


Saturday, March 30 | Final Push

After a four-day evaluation camp, today marked the final push to make the U.S. Women’s National Team. Thirty-nine players attending evaluation camp that consisted of practices and scrimmages over the week. The 25-play team is expected to be named Sunday morning. 

As a final evaluation tool for the coaching staff, the players suited up against Czechia for a pre-tournament scrimmage at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. 

TEAM USA 6 | CZECHIA 1

Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) capitalized on a power-play opportunity early, sneaking a shot from right under the blue line into the back of the net. Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) picked up an assist on the score. A few minutes later Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) extended the U.S. lead to 2-0 off a through pass from Tessa Janecke (Orangeville, Ill.). Bilka put a third goal in the back of the net on a power-play opportunity with the minutes waning in the first. Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich.) tallied the assist. 

Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) added Team USA’s fourth goal roofing one past the netminder just 20 seconds into the middle frame. Just over a minute later Sydney Morrow (Darien, Conn.) opened a 5-0 lead lifting the puck to the top right of the net. Czechia broke the shutout midway through the second on the power play. 

With three minutes remaining in the game, Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) scored Team USA’s sixth goal, closing the game out at 6-1. The U.S. outshot Czechia, 33-16. Gwyneth Philips (Athens, Ohio) made 15 saves in net.