The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team plays its second game of its preliminary round schedule at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship today against Canada at Obihiro Forest Ice Arena. Team USA will wear its blue jerseys tonight. The game will be streamed live on IIHF.com (see schedule below for direct links) and live game updates will be provided on Twitter.
FACING THE CANADIANS
The U.S. holds a 6-4-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Canada all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The two teams last met on Jan. 12, 2018 in the semifinals of the 2018 tournament, where the U.S. earned a 4-3 win in the shootout. Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) scored in the shootout while Lindsay Reed (New Vernon, N.J.) stopped the final four shooters as the 2018 squad overcame a two-goal deficit in the final period to defeat Canada, 4-3.
GAME ONE RECAP
Sydney Shearen (Hugo, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal and Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) made 19 saves as Team USA defeated Russia, 3-2, in its opening game of the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship.
"We’re really happy to get our first win of the tournament tonight against a quality opponent like Russia," said Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team. "It’s really important to get a win in the opening game and I think tonight is a good boost to the confidence in our locker room as we move ahead in the tournament."
For the complete game recap, click here.
CLASH OF CHAMPIONS
Since the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship's inception in 2008, the United States has captured the gold medal seven times, while Canada has won gold four times. In 2018, the U.S. took home the gold medal, while Sweden claimed silver and Canada won bronze. However, Sweden's silver medal performance was an unprecedented one as the U.S. and Canada had taken home gold and silver in all of the previous 10 tournaments.
RETURN OF THE MAK
Webster led all U.S. players at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship with 9 points (2G-7A), good for second amongst all skaters in the tournament. Picking up where she left off, Webster recorded two points (1G-1A) in yesterday's win over Russia, making her the leading scorer for Team USA and tying her for the tournament lead in points.
|Date||Opponent||Time (Local/ET)/RESULT||VENUE||LOCATION||Stream/U.S. Player Of The Game|
|Sun., Jan. 6||Russia
|W, 3-2||Obihiro Forest Ice Arena||Obihiro, Japan||Hannah Bilka|
|Mon., Jan. 7||Canada
|W, 3-2||Obihiro Forest Ice Arena||Obihiro, Japan||Abbey Murphy|
|Wed., Jan. 9||Sweden
|W, 2-0||Obihiro Forest Ice Arena||Obihiro, Japan||Skylar Vetter|
|Sat., Jan. 12||Finland
|W, 7-1||Obihiro Forest Ice Arena||Obihiro, Japan||Katy Knoll|
|Sun., Jan. 13||Canada
|L, 2-3 OT||Obihiro Forest Ice Arena||Obihiro, Japan||Makenna Webster|