DMITROV, Russia – Five players scored goals, including two from Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.), as the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team earned a 6-2 victory over Canada here today in its final preliminary-round game at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship.
With the victory, Team USA (2-1-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) secures the top seed from Group A and a bye to the semifinals on Friday (Jan. 12). Time and opponent for that contest is still to be determined.
“I thought we played with great energy and passion today,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team. “Earning three victories so far against three tough opponents creates great pride in our locker room. We’ve grown and gotten better every single day and look to continue that moving forward into the semifinals and medal round.”
For the complete game recap, click here.
2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship • Team USA Schedule
Jan. 6-13 – Ice Palace – Dmitrov, Russia
Date Opponent/Round Time (Local/ET)
Result Live Stream
Sat., Jan. 6 Sweden
Sun., Jan. 7 Russia
Tues., Jan. 9 Canada
Fri., Jan. 12 Semifinals TBD TeamUSA.USAHockey.com
Sat., Jan. 13 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m./7:30 a.m. TeamUSA.USAHockey.com
Gold-Medal Game 7:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. TeamUSA.USAHockey.com
NOTES: Taylor Heise was named U.S. Player of the Game … Team USA outshot Canada, 33-26, went 0-for-7 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill … For full game statistics, click here … Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey’s director of women’s hockey, is the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team … Joining Johnson as an associate coach is Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, while Courtney Kennedy (Woburn, Mass.), associate head women’s ice hockey coach at Boston College, is serving as an assistant coach … Team USA has played in the gold-medal game in all 10 of the previous IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships, capturing the event’s top prize six times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017). The U.S. holds an all-time record of 44-4-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in 53 games at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. teams that compete internationally.