BIDDEFORD, Maine — The 2017 USA Hockey Girls U-18 Select Player Development Camp returned to the Harold Alfond Forum on the campus of the University of New England for the third consecutive year. In the first full day of camp, two games were played.
In the opening game, Team Red played Team White. Emma Seitz (New York) opened the scoring for Red with an unassisted goal at the 13:20 mark of the first period. Team White battled back in the second period when Olivia Finocchiaro (Massachusetts) tied the game at 4:36 with an assist to Haylee Blinkhorn (Minnesota) on the play. Team Red regained the lead just five minutes later with a goal by Dominque Petrie (Pacific), assisted by Seitz. Team White’s Haylee Blinkhorn knotted the game at 2-2; Finocchiaro and Taylor Heise (Minnesota) assisted on the Blinkhorn goal. After forcing a turnover at the blue line, Kaylee Langefels (Minnesota) went in alone to score the game-winning goal for Team White.
In the second game of the day, Team Blue defeated Team Gold, 3-2, with the unassisted game-winner coming shorthanded in the final 13 seconds of regulation from Hannah Bilka (Rocky Mountain). Team Gold took an early lead on a goal from Mya Neugent (Central), assisted by Danielle Hartje (Michigan) in the first period, but then Team Blue’s Abigail Boreen (Central) tied the game at 10:48 in the second period. Next, Bilka scored the first of her two goals, assisted by Boreen and Abbey Murphy (Central). The Gold Team responded 20 seconds later with a goal from Hartje that beat the goaltender just under the crossbar after a feed from Neugent.
Next up for the 66 players attending camp on Monday, June 26, are strength and conditioning sessions and on-ice practices. The next set of games will be played on Tuesday, June 27 at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time, paired with an autograph session with U.S. Women’s National Team captain Meghan Duggan, assistant captain Kacey Bellamy and teammates Brianna Decker and Amanda Pelkey at 5:45 p.m. These U.S. Women’s National Team players are working the player development camp as assistant coaches/player mentors to help support the future of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.