CALGARY - The U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women’s Select Teams will wrap up their respective three-game series against Canada today (Aug. 19) at the Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta. The U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team will play at 10 a.m. local time/12 p.m. ET and the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team will play at 1 p.m. local time/3 p.m. ET. All Series games are streamed live on HockeyCanada.ca (see schedule below for direct links) and HockeyTV.com, and updates will be provided on Twitter @USAHockey using #U18Series and #U22Series.
GAMEDAY: The Under-18 Series vs. Canada has been held annually since 2007. After the 2017 event, the U.S. and Canada have now met 11 times at the U18 Series and Team USA holds a 14-1-3-15 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against its northern rival, not including contests from 2018.
GAME 2 IN REVIEW: Three different players netted goals, but the U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team fell to Canada, 4-3, in game two of the 2018 Under-18 Series. Canada opened the scoring early when Grace Shirley connected with Julia Gosling in front to tally just 15 seconds into the game. USA evened the score at one apiece 1:59 into play when Lacey Eden (Annapolis, Md.) won a puck battle behind the net and tucked it inside the near post. Casey O'Brien (Milton, Mass.) put the U.S. in front when she scored a power-play goal with 7:57 remaining in the opening frame. Canada's Nicole Gosling beat Natalie Ferenc (Orchard Lake, Mich.) through the five-hole 9:52 into the second period to tie the game, 2-2, and then Danielle Serdachny carried the puck in and dropped it back for Anne Cherkowski for the go-ahead score with 2:53 remaining. With just three seconds on the clock in the middle frame, O'Brien won the face-off back for Murphy, who skated in and scored from between the hash, sending the U.S. into the third period tied with Canada, 3-3. Julia Gosling netted a power-play goal for Canada with 6:59 to play that would hold as the game-winner. Natalie Ferenc (Orchard Lake, Mich.) finished with 28 saves in net for Team USA.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team this year includes two players that emerged from this summer's Girls 15 Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. – Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) and Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.). Both '03s, Vetter and Winn are the youngest players on the team. Prior to the Series, they both expressed what it would mean to them to wear the red, white and blue for the first time.
"It would be an honor that I have desired to pursue for my entire life to represent my country!" - Vetter
"To me there is no greater honor in hockey then representing your country." -Winn
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GAMEDAY: The U.S. and Canada have met 13 times at the Under-22 Series and Team USA holds a 14-3-3-17-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record not including contests from 2018. The U22 Series been held every non-Olympic year since 1999.
GAME 2 IN REVIEW: Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.) scored the game-winning goal with 7:21 to play as the U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team overcame a third-period deficit to earn a 3-1 win over Canada in the second game of the 2018 Under-22 Series. With 4:29 remaining in the second stanza, Canada struck first. Ryleigh Houston scored from the right face-off circle on an odd-man rush to put the Canadians ahead, 1-0. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) evened the score for the U.S. 2:52 into the final period when she deflected a shot sent into traffic by Dunne. The U.S. took the lead with 7:21 left to play when Dunne banged home a one-timer from the top of the right face-off circle on a feed from Natalie Buchbinder (Fairport, N.Y.). Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.) added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left to secure the victory for Team USA. Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass.) finished with 25 saves to earn the win for the U.S.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), a student-athlete at the Ohio State University, had a two-point outing in game two of the Series and is no stranger to wearing the red, white and blue. She's a three-time IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship medalist (gold-2015; silver- 2012, 2014) and has skated with the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2012 Four Nations Cup. She attributes much of her success to Jordan Janes, the coach of her 97AAA Jr. Blues Team in St. Louis, Mo.
"I would like to thank Jordan Janes... He has invested so much in my development as both a player and a person."
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