Team USA dominates Canada at U18 Worlds to end preliminary play – The Rink Live

MADISON, Wis. — Team USA finished the preliminary round of the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Canada 7-0 on Thursday, June 9.

The United States have now outscored their opponents 9-0 in the first periods of their three round robin games.

Minnesota native Madison Kaiser (Minnesota) lit the lamp for Team USA on the power play with a shot that went over the shoulder of Canadian goaltender Hailey MacLeod (Minnesota-Duluth).

Tessa Janecke (Penn State) set up a screen for Molly Jordan (Boston College) to score from the blue line on a pass from teammate Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) to double the American lead.

To cap off the first period, Ava Lindsay (Minnesota) of Minnetonka High School shook off her defenseman and moved into the front row to give Team USA a 3-0 lead.

The second period was almost as explosive as the first for the Americans. Maggie Scannell fired the bar off the side of the glove to score and less than a minute later Kelly Gorbatenko (Wisconsin) made it 5-0.

Canada traded goaltenders midway through the second period, moving from MacLeod to Mari Pietersen (Boston University).

In the third period, Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) scored a power play goal on a back pass from teammate Kirsten Simms (Wisconsin). Josie St. Martin, a native of Stillwater, Minn., also scored her own power-play goal less than a minute later.

It was the first time in tournament history that the United States shut out Canada. Goalkeeper Annalies Bergmann blocked all 21 shots on goal and was awarded player of the match honors.

Team USA moved to a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary round of the tournament and are the No. 1 seed in Group A. This means the team will have a quarter-final and advance to the semi-final match. -final which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In other tournament match notes, Sweden cruised to a 4-3 victory over Finland, scoring two extra goals in the third period. Czechia beat Switzerland 2-0 and Slovakia beat Germany 6-2.

Post-game commentary from Team USA and Team Canada can be found on The Rink Live’s Facebook page.

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