The United States Under-18 Women's National Team continued preliminary round play Monday night at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship with a 3-2 victory over Canada at Obihiro Forest Ice Arena.
"I think we played a strong, focused and intense game all the way through," said Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team. "To be down 2-0, then come back and score those two goals and get the go-ahead in the third really shows the character of the group we have. We'll enjoy this win tonight and look to continue improving against Sweden on Wednesday."
Team USA (2-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) continues preliminary round play on Wednesday (Jan. 9) against Sweden at 5 p.m. local time/3 a.m. ET. A live stream will be provided on IIHF.com.
The U.S. started the game with plenty of energy and generated multiple scoring chances early on. As the period went on, both teams provided back-and-forth action and generated chances in the opposition's offensive zone.
After nearly 18 minutes of chances for both sides, Canada capitalized on a wrist shot from the slot with 2:06 remaining in the period to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
As the second period got underway, Canada immediately doubled their lead to 2-0 just 1:26 into the stanza.
The U.S. would storm back immediately, however, scoring two goals just 14 seconds apart to know the game at two. Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) got things started for Team USA 2:42 after Canada's second goal.
Petrie beat the Canada defender at the blue line and skated in alone on the breakaway before pulling the puck to her backhand and sliding it past Raygan Kirk to pull the U.S. within one.
Team USA continued to showcase their speed when Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) took a pass from Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) and sped into the Canadian zone on a breakaway. Murphy froze Kirk with a fake to the backhand and pulled the puck back to her forehand before tucking it into the open cage to knot the game at two.
The teams would continue to trade chances before the second period ended tied at two.
The U.S. came out with a purpose in the third period, generating multiple chances to open the period before Murphy scored the eventual game-winning goal to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead.
Murphy positioned herself in the high slot, took a pass from Casey O'Brien (Milton, Mass.) and rifled a one-timer past Kirk to give the U.S. the lead.
Team USA would face adversity later in the third and respond, killing a four-minute Canada power play and maintaining the momentum gained from Murphy's second goal of the contest. The U.S. continued its strong play and held onto the one goal lead to secure its second victory of the tournament.
NOTES: Murphy was tabbed U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Canada, 23-20. For complete game statistics, click here ... Team USA, the four-time reigning world champion, captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team has taken home the silver medal in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ... Crowell is joined by assistant coaches Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich./Union College) and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) ... USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... IIHF.com is the streaming home of the 2019 Under-18 Women's World Championship ... For more information about the tournament, click here.
|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|