DMITROV, Russia – Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.) and Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) scored in the shootout and Lindsay Reed (New Vernon, N.J.) stopped the final four shots she faced in the shootout as the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team overcame a two-goal deficit in the final period to defeat Canada, 4-3, here today in the semifinals of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship.
“We had great play from our leaders,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team. “Our older players, returners and captains stepped up when we needed them the most and rallied the group. It’s a real honor to have the opportunity to play for gold tomorrow.”
The victory gives Team USA its 11th consecutive berth in the event’s gold-medal game, which takes place tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET. The U.S. will take on the winner of tonight’s semifinal matchup between Sweden and Russia. Tomorrow’s game will be live streamed at TeamUSA.USAHockey.com.
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 Canada
W (SO), 4-3
Sat., Jan. 13 Gold-Medal Game 7:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. TeamUSA.USAHockey.com
NOTES: Casey O’Brien was named U.S. Player of the Game … Team USA outshot Canada, 35-25, went 1-for-10 on the power play and 3-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 44-5-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in 54 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.