CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team tied the game in the final minute of the third period before besting the United States in the seventh round of the shootout, securing a 6-5 win in its series opener, while Canada’s National Women’s Development Team also needed a shootout to capture a 4-3 win in the first game of its series against the U.S. Wednesday night.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
- Jocelyn Amos (Ailsa Craig, Ont./London, OWHA U22 Elite) scored the game-tying goal with just over 40 seconds to go in the third period and added two assists.
- Caitlin Kraemer (Kitchener, Ont./Kitchener, OWHA U22 Elite) had a goal and an assist.
- Emma Venusio (Toronto, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite), Charlotte Pieckenhagen (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, OWHA U22 Elite) and Mackenzie Alexander (Toronto, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite) rounded out the scoring with a goal each.
- Alex Law (Markham, Ont./Durham West, OWHA U22 Elite), Jordan Baxter (New Westminster, B.C./Delta Hockey Academy, CSSHL) and Morgan Jackson (Courtenay, B.C./Vancouver Island, BCEHL) all chipped in with an assist.
- Abby Lunney (Newmarket, Ont./Central York, OWHA U22 Elite) found the back of the net twice in the shootout, including the game-winner in the seventh round.
- Farah Walker (Calgary, Alta./Okanagan, CSSHL) made seven saves in the Canadian goal before giving way to Hannah Clark (Ajax, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite), who made five saves in relief and earned the win.
Full game stats are available at HockeyCanada.ca.
Canada’s National Development Team
- Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton, Alta./Colgate University, ECAC) led the way with a pair of goals in regulation, and also scored in the shootout.
- Julia Gosling (London, Ont./St. Lawrence University, ECAC) contributed a goal in the second period and scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout.
- Lexie Adzija (St. Thomas, Ont./Quinnipiac University, ECAC), Maddi Wheeler (Erinsville, Ont./University of Wisconsin, WHCA) and Ashley Messier (Wilcox, Sask./Syracuse University, CHA) each provided an assist.
- Kayle Osborne (Rideau Lakes, Ont./Colgate University, ECAC) made 33 saves.
Full game stats are available at HockeyCanada.ca.
Under-18: Canada vs. United States – Thursday, August 18 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Development: Canada vs. United States – Thursday, August 18 (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT)
“We played super aggressive; our forecheck was fantastic all game and I think that’s what led to all of our opportunities. We had pretty much every kind of situation thrown [at us], which is great as a staff to work through. We need to bring the same energy we brought today and play 60-minute games moving forward.”
- Under-18 head coach Courtney Kessel (Mississauga, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) on the series opener
“Our team really stuck together and that really helped us. We kept the energy high on the bench and I think all of our hard work translated to that goal. We were all really excited when we saw it go in, there was a dog pile on the ice which was fun. We are just going to keep getting better from here; our pressure was insane throughout the game, so we are climbing the ladder.”
- Amos on scoring the game-tying goal with 40 seconds to go
“It was really exciting. I’ve never played in that high-level of a game before, so it felt great [to tie the game]. Hannah Clark was telling me to just make my move, so I listened to my goalie and it helped me. We need to keep working hard in practice, in cooldown, in warmup, whatever it is and that will help us moving forward.”
- Lunney on her team tying the game late in the third and her success in the shootout
“We showed growth in that first game; we didn’t have the best start but we had some important conversations during the television timeouts that turned the tides for us. This group takes ownership for their play and the second half of the game was unreal. I felt pretty passionate during the game, the girls were doing everything they could to help us win. It is always special getting a win.”
- Development head coach Kori Cheverie (New Glasgow, N.S.) on getting the first win of the series
“I liked the resiliency of our group, even with the late goal [against] at the end, we never stopped believing in ourselves which is what got us the win at the end. We have some great leaders in our group, I’m learning from them every day. We need to keep the same game plan, focus on our habits with our penalties and power plays and I think we will be good.”
- Gosling on what it took to get the win
“It is always a good, competitive game playing the U.S. We didn’t get down after that first goal and that was important for us. We need to bring a lot of energy, both teams will be tired as it is a competitive series. Being supportive with teammates and lifting each other up will be huge [moving forward].”
- Serdachny on the win and what is needed tomorrow
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