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GAMEDAY: U.S. Wraps Up U18WWC Preliminary Round Against Sweden

By USAHockey.com, 01/08/19, 7:00PM EST

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Puck drop set for 5 p.m. local time/3 a.m. ET; Stream live on IIHF.com

The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team (2-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) takes on Sweden tonight as it looks for its third consecutive victory at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Tonight's final preliminary round matchups's puck drop is set for 5 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET).

GAMEDAY
The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team plays its third and final game of its preliminary round schedule at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship today against Sweden at Obihiro Forest Ice Arena. Team USA will wear its white 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 SWEDES

The U.S. holds a 10-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Sweden all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The two teams last met on Jan. 13, 2018 in the gold medal game of the 2018 tournament, where the U.S. earned a 9-3 win and its fourth consecutive gold medal. Four players recorded multi-goal games, including three skaters on this year's roster in Katy Knoll (Amherst, N.Y.), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach, Calif.).

GAME TWO RECAP

The aforementioned Murphy scored the game-winning goal and Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) made 18 saves as Team USA defeated Canada, 3-2, in its second game of the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship.

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"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."

For the complete game recap, click here.

STREAKING

Casey O'Brien (Milton, Mass.) and Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) both recorded one assist in Monday's win over Canada, becoming the lone U.S. skaters to record points in consecutive games. Meanwhile, Vetter picked up her second consecutive win for Team USA and has a 2.00 GAA through two games to go along with a .902 save percentage.

2019 U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/RESULT VENUE LOCATION Stream/U.S. Player Of The Game
Sun., Jan. 6 Russia
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Hannah Bilka
Mon., Jan. 7 Canada
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Abbey Murphy
Wed., Jan. 9 Sweden
Preliminary
W, 2-0 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Skylar Vetter
Sat., Jan. 12 Finland
Semifinals
W, 7-1 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Katy Knoll
Sun., Jan. 13 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
L, 2-3 OT Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Makenna Webster

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