The U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team defeated Canada 4-3 in overtime of the 2019 Under-22 Series opener. In the night's opening matchup, the U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team fell to Canada, 5-4. Both teams are back in action tomorrow with the Under-18 team at 4 p.m. ET followed by the Under-22 team at 7 p.m. ET.
Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the U.S. Under-22 Select Team past Canada, 4-3, in game 1 of the three-game series.
Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first period when Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) scored on the power play. However, Canada tied it up less than three minutes later to leave the score knotted 1-1 after the first period.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) got on the board for Team USA, giving the U.S. a 2-1 lead. The remainder of the second period went scoreless. U.S. goaltender Emma Polusny (Mound, Minn.) recorded 15 saves in the second period alone to preserve Team USA’s 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.
Natalie Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) extended Team USA's lead to 3-1 midway through the third period off a one-timer set up by Zumwinkle. Heise almost added another for the U.S. minutes later with a one-timer of her own, but it was smothered by Canadian goaltender Kendra Woodland.
Canada cut Team USA's lead in half with just over five minutes to play in the third period. With 1:27 left on the clock in the third, Canada's Kristin O'Neill tied the game up 3-3 to force overtime.
Kathryn Davis (Meridian, Idaho) finished with three points (1G, 2A) and Danielle Burgen (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) notched two goals as the U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team fell to Canada, 5-4, in game one of the 2019 Under-18 Series.
In an action-paked first period, Team USA got off to an early 1-0 lead after Davis scored a power-play goal just over two minutes into the game. Captain Makenna Webster (St. Louis, Mo.) rang a shot off the post just minutes later, but the score remained 1-0 in favor of Team USA.
"That was a great competitive game," said Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. "Whenever we play Canada, the emotions are high. You can see that on both sides. I liked our ability to battle back and make a push at the end. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game."
After Canada's Tamara Giaquinto evened the score 1-1 on the power play, Sarah Thompson scored on breakaway to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Kiara Zanon (Rochester, N.Y.) erased Canada's lead off the board after scooping up a Canada turnover and burying it in the back of the net. With less than five minutes to play in the first, Canada scored its second power-play goal of the game to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
Canada reclaimed a two goal lead late in the second period, but Burgen brought Team USA back to within one just minutes later to make the score 4-3 going into the third period.
After Canada extended it's lead to 5-3 seven minutes into the final frame, Burgen notched her second goal of game to bring Team USA to within one with less than two minutes to play in the game. Despite a valiant effort from the U.S. Under-18 team, Canada took game one of the three-game series, 5-4. For the complete box score, click here.
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