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Ice Hockey - 17. August 2018.

U.S. Women Sweep U18 & U22 Series Openers

Both the U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women’s Select Teams earned victories to open their respective three-game slates this week against Canada. First,áCasey O’Briená(Milton, Mass.) netted the overtime game-winner as the U18s came from behind to earn a 2-1 win. In the nightcap,áTaylor Heiseá(Lake City, Minn.) scored twice to lead the U22sáto a 4-1 victory. For recaps of both contests, read below.

U18S: USA 2, CANADA 1 (OT)

Casey O'Briená(Milton, Mass.) scored the game-winner 1:17áinto 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.á

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. cycledáthe puck around the offensive zone,áAshley Messierá(Wilcox, Sask.) spotted anáopening and fired a shot on net from the top of the right face-off circle thatáwas stopped by Raygan Kirk.áHaley Winná(Rochester, N.Y.) and O'Brien also recorded shots on goal during the power play, but the U.S. could not convert.á

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

Makenna Websterá(St. Louis, Mo.)ánetted the equalizer with 2:33 to play when she finished a feed fromáAbbey Murphyá(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'Brienáburied the game-winner 1:17 into the extra frame when her shot from the left circle beat Kirk for a power-play tally.

Vetter finished with 28 saves to earn the victory in net for Team USA.

The U.S. outshot Canada 31-29. For compete game stats, clickáhere.

The U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team will be back in action against Canada tomorrow (Aug. 17) at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET.

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