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The Adimey’s: More Than A Mother-Daughter Relationship

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BY RANDY SCHULTZ—

This is a story about a single mom and her three daughters. What makes this story unique is that this is more than a mother/daughter relationship.

For two of the daughters it is a player/coach relationship. A third daughter will eventually join her sister and mother in another year, but more on that later.

Nicola Adimey is the head coach of the CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home) girls high school ice hockey team. Two of the players she coached this past season were her daughters, Casey (who was a senior and a captain on the team) and Lilli (a freshman) Adimey. Both are students at Amherst High School.

Last season saw CASH make it all the way to the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation championship game before losing to Frontier/Lancaster/Orchard Park (FLOP). Not bad for a team that finished third in the seven-team league with a 9-4-1 record.

The 2017-18 campaign also saw Nicola as the only female head coach in the WNYGVIHF. But there is more to her story.

Nicola never began playing organized hockey until she was 14. In Germany.

“Things are organized differently in Germany,” said Nicola, who was born and raised in Germany. “There is no school hockey or college hockey. It is only club hockey.”

Nicola arrived in the United States in 2000. It didn’t take long for her to get involved in the amateur hockey scene.

“When Casey was six I began coaching in Amherst Youth Hockey League,” continued Nicola, a native of Schifferstadt, Germany.  “I continued coaching in Amherst when Lilli began playing.

“Casey eventually moved over to the Bisons organization and joined her older sister who had started playing there three years earlier. I ended up coaching with the Bisons for a year.”

Why did Nicola get involved with coaching?

“I love the game of hockey and I wanted to be involved with the game,” replied Nicola. “And when you have kids you hope they will eventually love the same sport you love.

“I began coaching back in Germany when I was 18. I was working with the five to seven year olds and teaching them how to skate. I really enjoy working with that age group because they are a lot of fun.

“I try to get the kids excited and to love the game of hockey. I hope my excitement for the game rubs off on the kids I’m coaching.”

So how difficult is it coaching your daughters?

“I try to be careful,” responded Nicola. “I never want anyone to think that my daughters have an advantage over the other players on the team.

“Occasionally when they are on the bench, they may yell over to me calling, ‘mom, mom,’ to get my attention. My assistant coaches will sometimes jokingly tell them to leave their mother alone.

“With the experiences I had with Casey and Lilli with Amherst and the Bisons, they were quite used to me being on the bench as their coach.”

Single mom. Hockey coach. Working full-time. Three daughters. How does she do it?

“You have to be organized,” was Nicola’s simple response.

Casey admits that it was an interesting situation having her mom as her coach in high school.

“It really wasn’t a problem,” said Casey, who will be attending and playing hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Boston this Fall. “I don’t think any of my teammates really cared. They looked at my mom as their coach.

“I will miss her this Fall when I go off to college.”

Lilli enjoyed the experience of not only having her mom as her coach but playing on the same team as her older sister.

“I really liked having my mom as my coach,” replied Lilli, who will be going into 10th grade this year. “She has always been my coach.

“And I liked being able to play with my sister as well.”

Nicola admits that she wasn’t sure what it was going to be like to have two daughters playing together on the same team.

“I was excited,” said Nicola. “They were too far apart in age to be on the same travel team.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I found that Casey elevated Lilli’s game. It was an interesting dynamic.”

Nicola will only have one daughter on the CASH team this season with Casey going off to college. But there is a third daughter, Maya, waiting in the wings to take her place. But that won’t be for at least another year.

Does Nicola consider herself a pioneer of sorts in the coaching field?

 

“Not really,” answered Nicola. “Although I know when I walk into certain rinks the head coach from the other team (usually a male) will walk right past me and shake hands with my assistants (who are male).

“But that really doesn’t bother me. I find it kind of funny.

“But I have found that as a woman you definitely have to prove yourself.  I’ve watched women’s and girl’s hockey grow over the years.

“That has always been my goal, to help girls and women’s hockey grow. And they seem to keep getting better and better each year.

“I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

(Photo by Janet Schultz)

US Women’s Hockey Sweep U18 and U22 Openers

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CALGARY – Both the U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women’s Select Teams earned victories to open their respective three-game slates here tonight against Canada. First, Casey O’Brien (Milton, Mass.) netted the overtime game-winner as the U18s came from behind to earn a 2-1 win. In the nightcap, Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) scored twice to lead the U.S. to a 4-1 victory.

U18s: USA 2, CANADA 1 (OT)

O’Brien scored the game-winner 1:17 into overtime as the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team topped Canada, 2-1, in the opening game of the 2018 Under-18 Series.

The U.S. had great opportunities on three power plays in the first period, with perhaps the best coming after the Canadians were flagged for a tripping infraction 12:22 into the action. As the U.S. cycled the puck around the offensive zone, Ashley Messier (Wilcox, Sask.) spotted an opening and fired a shot on net from the top of the right face-off circle that was stopped by the Raygan Kirk. Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) and O’Brien also recorded shots on goal during the power play, but the U.S. could not convert.

Canada opened the scoring during the second frame when a net-front scramble resulted in a deflected puck flying up and over U.S. goalie Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) to give the Canadians a one-goal lead with 5:58 remaining in the period.

Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) netted the equalizer with 2:33 to play when she finished a feed from Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) on the rush.

The game would remain tied at the conclusion of regulation, and the teams entered a five-minute three-on-three overtime period.

O’Brien buried the game-winner 1:17 into the extra frame when her shot from the left circle beat Kirk for a power-play tally.

The U.S. outshot Canada 31-29 and Vetter finished with 28 saves to earn the victory in net for Team USA.

U22s: USA 4, CANADA 1

Heise scored twice and eight other American skaters earned points as the U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team defeated Canada, 4-1, in the opening game of the 2018 Under-22 Series.

Team USA broke the ice early when Mikaela Gardner (Plainfield, Ill.) banged home a rebound off a Natalie Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) shot to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 1:53 into the opening frame.

Canada evened the score at one apiece when Daryl Watts connected with Sophie Shirley at the top of the crease, beating Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) glove side with 6:15 remaining in the first period.

The U.S. regained the lead 5:37 into the second period when Heise put another rebound past Tricia Deguire. The play materialized as Sophia Shaver (Wayzata, Minn.) gained the zone and fed a pass to Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), who ripped a shot on net from the top of the right face-off circle, resulting in an opportunity for Heise.

Heise scored her second goal of the night when she corralled a loose puck in front to beat Deguire top-left corner with 7:24 remaining, giving the U.S. a 3-1 advantage. Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.) picked up an assist on the play.

Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) added an empty-net goal with 2:39 to play to account for the 4-1 final.

The U.S. outshot Canada 25-19 and Rooney finished with 18 saves to earn the win.

The U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team returns to action against Canada tomorrow (Aug. 17) at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

NOTES: Click here for complete game statistics from today’s U18 game and here for complete statistics from today’s U22 game… The U.S. and Canada face off again tomorrow (Aug. 17) at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET (U18) and 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET (U22). All games will be streamed live via HockeyTV.com. Click here for the full U18 Series schedule and here for the full U22 Series schedule… USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

Pfalzer Looks Forward to Exciting Season

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By Janet Schultz, Women’s Hockey Columnist

Buffalo native Emily Pfalzer has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Beauts, after spending last season with Team USA and bringing home the gold from the 2018 Olympics.

“I had no doubt that I was coming back, but I just needed time to settle down and take a break,” said Pflazer in a teleconference this afternoon. (Aug. 16)

“It will be exciting to keep up the momentum of women’s hockey,” said Pfalzer, referring to the Olympic gold, the expansion of a team in Minnesota and the Beauts coming into the season as a favorite.

“We need to build on that momentum and grow the women’s game how ever we can,” she said.

The Pegula’s purchase of the Beauts has brought a positive feeling to the arena, the players and the fans seem more excited, according to Pfalzer.

Pfalzer also remarked that signing more Buffalo-born players is definitely a great thing for Buffalo. She has followed many of their collegiate careers and feels they will bring added strength to the Beauts.

The Beauts have signed

Julianna Infallo, Eden/Nichols School;  and Annika Zalewski, New Hartford (NY), Nichols School and Colgate College. Also on the Beauts lineup with WNY ties are Hayley Scumurra (Williamsville/Nichols/Northeastern; Maddie Elia (Lewiston/Nichols/Boston U); Jacqui Greco, Buffalo/Syracuse University; Julia DiTondo (Kenmore/Mercyhurst College) and Emily Janiga (East Aurora/Mercyhurst).

Another plus factor for the Beauts is that Coach Ric Seiling has been head coach since the start of the program and Greg Muni came in the second year. The consistency is what has helped make them a championship contender and the winner of the Isobel Cup in 2017.

The NWHL is a great way for little girls to have female hockey heroes, said Pfalzer, when asked about the expansion and stability of the league.

In Emily Pfalzer’s favorite word: this season will be EXCITING.

Beauts Sign Olympic Gold Medalist Pfalzer

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BUFFALO, N.Y.– The Buffalo Beauts announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Emily Pfalzer.

“Emily arrives with championship experience both with the Beauts and with the United States national team,” General Manager Nik Fattey said. “Her presence will help solidify our already strong defense and having a local player of her caliber return our club will be invaluable to the team both on and off the ice.”

The Buffalo native returns for her third season with the Beauts after previously spending the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the club. In 32 games during those campaigns, Pfalzer recorded 19 points (3+16) and 12 penalty minutes. She is tied for second among Beauts players all-time in assists and ranks sixth in points, while leading the franchise in career power-play assists.

Pfalzer has represented the United States at multiple international competitions, most recently winning the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Boston College alumna was also a member of the U.S. World Championship teams that captured three consecutive gold medals from 2015 to 2017.

Former Union College Forward Signs One-Year AHL Contract With Amerks

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(Rochester, NY) — Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has signed forward Wayne Simpson to a one-year American Hockey League contract.

Simpson, 28, joins the Amerks after spending last season with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, where he finished third on the team in scoring with 42 points (14+28) while appearing in all 76 games. A native of Boxborough, Mass., Simpson has appeared in 224 career AHL games with Hershey, Providence and Portland, totaling 128 points on 39 goals and 89 assists while also adding 15 points (5+10) in 20 Calder Cup Playoff contests.

Simpson also played two seasons with South Carolina Stingrays, collecting 96 points (38+58) in 131 ECHL games and finishing second on the team in scoring in both years. During the 2014-15 campaign, Simpson set an ECHL postseason scoring record when he amassed 38 points (13+25) in 27 games, leading the Stingrays to an Eastern Conference championship and an appearance in the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals.

Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward played four years at Union College, recording 115 points (56+59) 159 career games for the Dutchmen.

Andrew Stegehuis Named Amerks Equipment Manager

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(Rochester, NY) — Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today the hiring of Andrew Stegehuis as head equipment manager. Stegehuis replaces Ben Laing, who was elevated to a position with the Buffalo Sabres.

Stegehuis joins the Amerks following six seasons as the assistant equipment manager of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, helping the team earn both of its Calder Cup championships. Stegehuis previously served as a locker room attendant for the Griffins from 2004-11 and joined Grand Rapids full-time after spending the 2011-12 season as the equipment manager for the Chicago Steel of the USHL.

A native of Grandville, Mich., Stegehuis has also assisted the Detroit Red Wings during their prospect camps and training camps.

US Falls To Czech Republic In Opening Game of Five Nations Tourney; Brooklyn, NY Native Scores For US

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

U.S. Falls To Czech Republic in Opening Game of Five Nations Tournament
Dzhaniyev and Hanas score for Team USA

PIESTANY, Slovakia – Despite outshooting the Czech Republic by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, the United States Under-17 Men’s Select Team suffered a 3-2 setback Wednesday in its opening game at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

Trailing 2-0 early in the second period, Team USA answered with a goal from Daniyal Dzhaniyev (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to cut the Czech Republic lead in half at 8:23 of the stanza. A Czech turnover at the U.S. blue line started the play, then Dzhaniyev and Mackie Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) streaked into the Czechia zone and executed a give-and-go to beat goaltender Jan Bednar.

An elbowing penalty 1:40 after the goal sent Team USA to the power play, and Cross Hanas (Highland Village, Texas) stuffed home a rebound off a shot from Nathan Schweitzer (Champlin, Minn.) to even the score at 2-2. U.S. captain Blake Biondi (Hermantown, Minn.) picked up the secondary assist on Hanas’ goal.

Unfortunately for the U.S., a strange bounce off the end boards snuck its way behind goaltender Gavin Fitzpatrick (Norwood, Mass.) to give Czechia a 3-2 lead later in the third period. Team USA pressed hard for the equalizer and generated numerous scoring chances, but despite piling up a 43-22 advantage in shots on goal, time expired before the U.S. could find a way to tie the game.

The team will return to action Friday when it takes on Switzerland at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET).

(USA Hockey Photo)

14 Players Including Foligno and Kane, Added To Stars & Stripes Showdown Roster

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fourteen players have been added to the roster for the Stars & Stripes Showdown, a benefit hockey game featuring top American-born hockey stars that will take place Sunday, August 26, at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Opening faceoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.

The group includes Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames), Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets), Cam Atkinson (Columbus Blue Jackets), Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks), Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets), Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks), Matt Hunwick (Buffalo Sabres), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Patrick Sieloff (Ottawa Senators) and Brady Skjei (New York Rangers).

The game is being played in honor of the late Jim Johannson, with proceeds benefiting both the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation, and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.

In addition to the game, festivities will include a live game-worn jersey auction; an online auction featuring game-worn jerseys and autographed NHL memorabilia; in-arena raffles; and a post-game meet & greet with players and coaches.

NOTES: The Jim Johannson Legacy Fund was established to benefit grassroots community hockey programs across the country, something Johannson was passionate about throughout his life. The Ellie Johannson College Fund will assist in providing a college education for its namesake, the two-year-old daughter of Jim and his wife Abby.

(Pictured is Nick Foligno)

Beauts Agree To Terms With Defenseman Blake Bolden

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Beauts today announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Blake Bolden.

Bolden (5’7”, 3/10/1991) most recently played in the NWHL for the Boston Pride from 2015 to 2017 and recorded 15 points (2+13) in 35 games played during those two seasons. She has also added two goals and two assists in six career Isobel Cup Playoff contests and was a member of the Boston team that captured the first ever Isobel Cup in 2016.

Last season, the two-time NWHL All-Star played for HC Lugano in the Swiss Women’s Hockey League. In her only season in Switzerland, Bolden led her team’s defensemen and ranked fourth overall with 27 points (16+11) in 20 games played.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bolden played collegiately at Boston College, where she ranks among the school’s top 10 defensemen in career goals (T-2nd, 26), assists (5th, 56) and points (5th, 82). During her tenure with the Eagles, she was named an AHCA Second-Team All-American and Hockey East’s Best Defenseman in 2013, and garnered Hockey East First All-Star Team honors in 2012 and 2013.

Team USA Tops Slovakia In Pre-Tourney Contest

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PIESTANY, Slovakia – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team defeated Slovakia, 4-2, today in its second pre-tournament contest prior to the 2018 Five Nations Tournament.

After scoring a goal and adding an assist in yesterday’s contest, Mackie Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) picked up where he left off, scoring two goals, including the game-winner.

“I thought we saved our best for last. I thought we got better each period,” said U.S. head coach Mark Dennehy (Andover, Mass.).

“When you go into the third tied and the game is in the balance, it’s a good position for us to be in so we know how to respond. Along those lines, I was really happy with how the players responded.”

Samoskevich got the U.S. rolling at 7:54 of the first period, taking a pass from Cross Hanas (Highland Village, Texas) and scoring shorthanded. Nathan Schweitzer (Champlin, Minn.), who recorded three assists in yesterday’s contest, added a secondary assist on the goal.

Gaining momentum from the shorthanded tally, the U.S. quickly scored again at 10:08 of the first stanza, with Ben Schoen (Maumee, Ohio) stuffing home a rebound off a shot from Christian Jimenez (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).

After Slovakia scored late in the first and midway through the second period, the U.S. entered the third period tied at two.

Just 39 seconds after Team USA killed off a slashing penalty, Samoskevich scored his second goal of the game to put Team USA up 3-2 at 10:45 of the third period.

Tanner Dickinson (Perrysburg, Ohio) scored again for the U.S. 18 seconds later, beating the goaltender with a wrist shot over the blocker to make it 4-2.

Team USA’s goaltender tandem split time once again today, with Gavin Fitzpatrick (Norwood, Mass.) getting the start and stopping 12 of 13 shots. Colin Purcell (Shaker Heights, Ohio) closed out the second half of the game for the U.S., making six saves on seven shots.

NOTES: The U.S. will play its first game of the tournament on Wednesday (Aug. 15) when it takes on the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. ET… Schoen added an assist on Samoskevich’s third period goal, giving him two on the day… Schweitzer led the U.S. in pre-tournament exhibition scoring with four points, all assists, in two games.

Kevin Rooney Re-Signs With New Jersey

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The New Jersey Devils announced today that they have signed forward Kevin Rooney to a two-year, two-way contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Rooney, 25, completed his second full professional season in 2017-18. He played in 71 games for the Binghamton Devils where he registered 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points. The left-shooting forward played one game at the NHL level in 2017-18, and has appeared in five career NHL games.

Before his professional career, the 6-foot-2, 190 pound forward spent four seasons with Providence College (HE) from 2012 to 2016, where he was a member of the Friars’ NCAA Championship team in 2014. Through 144 collegiate games, he scored 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points and 70 penalty minutes. The Canton, MA native earned the Athletic Department’s Mal Brown Award in 2016, which is given annually to the male athlete whose career of intercollegiate competition portrayed sportsmanship, courage and honor.

The Devils will open up the 2018-19 season at home on Saturday, October 6 at 7:05 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies.

US Defeats Hungary In Five Nations Pre-Tournament Game

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team defeated Hungary, 8-1, here today in a pre-tournament contest at Tuske Ice Hall prior to the 2018 Five Nations Tournament.

Nathan Schweitzer (Champlin, Minn.) led the way for Team USA with three assists and was named the U.S. Player of the Game, while Daniyal Dzhaniyev (Brooklyn. N.Y.) led all skaters with two goals.

Michael Cameron (Berwyn, Pa.) opened the scoring for the U.S., banging home his own rebound with assists from Jack Williams (Biddeford, Maine) and Ben Schoen (Maumee, Ohio).

The U.S. would lead for the entirety of the game following Cameron’s goal, outshooting Hungary 54-14.

Gavin Fitzpatrick (Norwood, Mass.) and Colin Purcell (Shaker Heights, Ohio) each saw action between the pipes during the exhibition with Fitzpatrick stopping all seven shots he faced and Purcell making six saves on seven shots against.

In all, 12 skaters recorded points for the U.S., including Mackie Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.), who registered one goal and added an assist.

The U.S. will play its second pre-tournament game on Monday (Aug. 13) when it meets Slovakia in Piestany, Slovakia. Puck drop at Easton Arena is set for 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).

US U18 and U22 Women’s Select Teams Named For 2018 Series vs. Canada

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Hockey announced today that 44 players who participated in the 2018 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival have been chosen for the 2018 U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women’s Select Teams that will compete in a pair of three-game series against Canada occurring simultaneously Aug. 16-19 at Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta.

The 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team roster features eight players who helped the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team earn a gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia. They are Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas), Hadley Hartmetz (Phoenixville, Pa.), Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.), Maggie Nicholson (Minnetonka, Minn.), Casey O’Brien (Milton, Mass.), Dominique Petrie (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Sydney Shearen (Hugo, Minn.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.).

The 22-player roster (seven defensemen, 13 forwards and two goaltenders) features players from 13 different states. Michigan and Minnesota lead the pack with four representatives each, while three players hail from New York. California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas each have one representative.

The 2018 U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team roster includes two players from the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team – Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.) and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) – as well as three members of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team that won gold at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship – Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) and Madeline Wethington (Edina, Minn.). The roster also includes six players that were members of the 2016 U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team – Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass.), Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.), Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.), Patti Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Sophia Shaver (Wayzata, Minn.).

Ten different states are represented on the 22-player roster, with Minnesota leading the way with eight players. Massachusetts has three representatives, while California, Illinois and New York have two apiece, and Alaska, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri and North Dakota each have one.

NOTES: All games will be streamed live at HockeyTV.com. Click here for the full U18 Series schedule and here for the full U22 Series schedule … Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is serving as head coach for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team alongside assistant coaches Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich.), head women’s icd hockey coach at Union College … Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), associate head coach for the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey program, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team alongside assistant coaches Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.), former assistant coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders, and Katie Lachapelle (Lewiston, Maine), associate head women’s ice hockey coach at the College of the Holy Cross. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will serve as U22 team manager and Marissa Halligan (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will serve as U18 team manager… The USA Hockey Women’s National Festival took place Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

U22 USA Roster:

Sydney Bard F 5-4 (163) 135 (61) 2001-01-15 R New Hartford, N.Y. Toronto Jr. Aeros (PWHL)
Lauren Bernard D 5-7 (170) 150 (68) 2001-07-15 L Madison, Ohio Selects Academy
Hannah Bilka^ F 5-5 (165) 130 (59) 2001-03-24 L Coppell, Texas Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Brooke Bink F 5-5 (165) 137 (62) 2001-04-16 R Escanaba, Mich. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Adelaide Burton F 5-10 (178) 163 (74) 2001-11-30 L Orono, Minn. The Blake School (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Lacey Eden F 5-8 (173) 150 (68) 2002-05-02 R Annapolis, Md. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Natalie Ferenc G 5-5 (165) 145 (66) 2001-02-21 L Orchard Lake, Mich. Little Caesars 19U
Danielle Hartje F 5-5 (165) 130 (59) 2001-04-13 L Detroit, Mich. Belle Tire 19U
Hadley Hartmetz^ D 5-5 (165) 135 (61) 2001-03-25 R Phoenixville, Pa. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Caroline Harvey D 5-6 (168) 140 (64) 2002-10-14 L Pelham, N.H. Selects Academy
Ashley Messier D 5-3 (160) 130 (59) 2002-03-27 R Wilcox, Sask. Saskatoon Stars (SFMAAAHL)
Abbey Murphy^ F 5-4 (163) 135 (61) 2002-04-14 R Evergreen Park, Ill. Chicago Mission
Maggie Nicholson^ D 5-10 (178) 167 (76) 2002-03-21 L Minnetonka, Minn. Minnetonka High School (Minn.)
Casey O’Brien^ F 5-3 (160) 135 (61) 2001-08-27 L Milton, Mass. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Dominique Petrie^ F 5-7 (170) 155 (70) 2001-01-21 R Hermosa Beach, Calif. San Diego Jr. Gulls
Maddy Samoskevich D 5-4 (163) 150 (68) 2002-11-15 L Sandy Hook, Conn. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep
Sydney Shearen^ F 5-4 (163) 132 (60) 2001-08-02 R Hugo, Minn. White Bear Lake Area High School (Minn.)
Skylar Vetter G 5-8 (173) 155 (70) 2003-05-14 L Lakeville, Minn. Lakeville North High School (Minn.)
Makenna Webster^ F 5-2 (157) 135 (61) 2002-03-21 R St. Louis, Mo. Shattuck-St.Mary’s Prep
Clara Van Wieren F 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 2002-01-25 L Okemos, Mich. HoneyBaked 19U
Haley Winn D 5-5 (165) 135 (61) 2003-07-14 R Rochester, N.Y. Selects Academy
Kiara Zanon F 5-5 (165) 147 (67) 2002-08-22 L Rochester, N.Y. Selects Academy
*2018 Olympic Winter Games gold medalist
^2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship gold medalist

U18 USA Roster:

Cayla Barnes* D 5-2 (157) 138 (63) 1999-01-07 R Eastvale, Calif. Boston College (HEA)
Lauren Boyle D 5-3 (160) 143 (65) 1997-03-06 L Los Gatos, Calif. The Ohio State University (WCHA)
Sydney Brodt F 5-6 (168) 140 (64) 1998-05-03 R North Oaks, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)
Natalie Buchbinder D 5-8 (173) 150 (68) 1999-01-22 R Fairport, N.Y. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Kaitlin Burt G 5-6 (168) 175 (79) 1997-01-26 L Lynn, Mass. Boston Pride (NWHL)
Jesse Compher F 5-8 (173) 150 (68) 1999-07-01 R Northbrook, Ill. Boston University (HEA)
Britta Curl^ F 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 2000-03-20 L Bismarck, N.D. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Clair DeGeorge F 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 1999-06-07 L Anchorage, Alaska Bemidji State University (WCHA)
Jincy Dunne D 5-6 (168) 155 (70) 1997-05-15 L O’Fallon, Mo. The Ohio State University (WCHA)
Mikaela Gardner D 5-8 (173) 160 (73) 1997-02-10 L Plainfield, Ill. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Rebecca Gilmore F 5-6 (168) 165 (75) 1998-02-15 R Wayland, Mass. Harvard University (ECAC)
Taylor Heise^ F 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 2000-03-17 R Lake City, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Caitrin Lonergan F 5-7 (170) 158 (72) 1997-09-10 R Roslindale, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
Patti Marshall D 5-7 (170) 160 (73) 1998-05-11 R Buffalo, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Maureen Murphy F 5-4 (163) 140 (64) 1999-12-15 R Buffalo, N.Y. Providence College (HEA)
Maddie Rooney* G 5-5 (165) 145 (66) 1997-07-07 L Andover, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA)
Abby Roque F 5-7 (170) 180 (82) 1997-09-25 R Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Melissa Samoskevich F 5-4 (163) 168 (76) 1997-03-31 L Sandy Hook, Conn. Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
Sophia Shaver F 5-10 (178) 150 (68) 1997-04-03 R Wayzata, Minn. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Natalie Snodgrass F 5-5 (165) 170 (77) 1998-12-17 L Eagan, Minn. University of Connecticut (HEA)
Madeline Wethington^ D 5-10 (178) 160 (73) 2000-07-14 L Edina, Minn. The Blake School (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Grace Zumwinkle F 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 1999-04-23 R Excelsior, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
*2018 Olympic Winter Games gold medalist
^2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship gold medalist

US Concludes Hlinka Gretzky Cup With Loss To Russia

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EDMONTON, Alberta – The United States Under-18 Men’s Select Team fell to Russia 5-4 in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup third-place game Saturday afternoon at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Trailing 2-0 early in the third period, Team USA captain John Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) provided a spark with a power-play goal at 3:27, his second goal of the tournament, but Russia answered with its second power-play goal of the game two minutes later.

Undeterred, the U.S. again pulled to within one goal at 13:53 when Arthur Kaliyev (Delray Beach, Fla.) scored on the power play to make it 3-2, but again the Russians responded, scoring 22 seconds later to re-establish a two-goal lead.

U.S. forward Nicholas Robertson (Northville, Mich.) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the tournament, also on the power play, to cut the margin to 4-3 with 2:32 remaining in the game, but Russia answered less than a minute later to make it 5-3.

Again the U.S. shaved the lead to a single goal, with Josh Nodler (Oak Park, Mich.) sweeping a shot off the post and in with 18 seconds remaining to make it 5-4, but time eventually ran out on Team USA.

NOTES: Russia finished with a 35-30 advantage in shots on goal for the game, but Team USA outshot Russia 16-7 in the third period … U.S. goaltender Derek Mullahy (Scituate, Mass.) stopped 30 of 35 Russian shots … The U.S. went 3 for 6 on the power play; Russia went 3 for 5 … Luke Toporowski (Bettendorf, Iowa) finished the tournament tied with Robertson for the team lead in goals with four … Nodler (1G, 6A) finished as the team’s overall points leader with seven in six games.