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Team USA blanks Finland at U18 World Championship

Goals from Laila Edwards, Tessa Janecke and Finley McCarthy propel the U.S. to a 2-0 record in the U18 Women's World Championship.

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Team USA's Tessa Janecke smiles to her teammate Kirsten Simms after scoring a goal against Finland in the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Madison, Wis.
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MADISON, Wis. — Another dominant showing from Team USA on Tuesday lifted the team to a perfect 2-0 record so far after a 5-0 victory over Finland at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championships.

Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) lit the lamp for the Americans early in the first period on the power play, knocking in a loose rebound from the back door.

A few minutes later, Tessa Janecke (Penn State) went bar down on a sharp-angled backhand shot to double the lead to 2-0.

In the third period, Team USA scored three goals in under three minutes. Finley McCarthy started the trend, then both Tessa Janecke and Laila Edwards tacked on their second of the night.

The Americans outshot Finland by a whopping 47-11 margin.

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Ava McNaughton (Wisconsin) received the shutout in goal for the U.S.

Finland's player of the game honors went to goaltender Hannele Tarkiainen, and Team USA's player of the game award went to Laila Edwards.

Shattuck-St. Mary's standout Sydney Morrow tacked on two assists for Team USA in the match.

Team USA will have their final preliminary round game on Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m. CT against Canada.

The team previously defeated Canada, 3-1, in an exhibition match last week.

In other U18 WWC notes, the Czechs are now 2-0 in the tournament after taking down Germany, 6-2. Canada rebounded from their loss to Finland with a 3-1 win against Sweden, while Switzerland defeated Slovakia, 3-1.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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