The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team went 4-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earned a silver medal to extend its unprecedented medal streak in tournament play to 12-straight IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships.
The 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship took place Jan. 6 -13, 2019, in Obihiro, Japan. The tournament saw the U.S. earn first in Group A during the preliminary round after winning three consecutive games. The U.S. clinched an automatic spot in the semifinals and defeated Finland 7-1 before meeting Canada in the gold-medal game. There, the U.S. fell behind, 1-0, in the first period before tying the game with 2:50 remaining in the second frame. The U.S. would take the lead 6:07 into the third stanza before Canada scored to tie the game with 8:49 remaining in regulation. After sending the game to overtime, Canada scored the game-winning goal 1:34 into the extra frame as the U.S. finished with a silver medal, its 12th consecutive medal in the tournament's 12-year history.
Serving as head coach for Team USA was Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head coach of Minnesota Duluth’s women’s ice hockey team. She was joined behind the U.S. bench by assistant coaches Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich./Union College) and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.).
|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|