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.
"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.
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.
|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|