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Team USA dominates Canada at U18 Worlds to end preliminary play

Team USA has historic win over Canada to keep a perfect record in the preliminary round and to advance to the semifinals.

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Team USA celebrates after Minnesota native Madison Kaiser scores the first goal of the game off a feed from Finley McCarthy and Jenessa Gazdik.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

MADISON, Wis. — Team USA finished off the preliminary round of the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship with a perfect 3-0 record after defeating Canada 7-0 on Thursday, June 9.

USA has now outscored their opponents 9-0 in the first periods of their three preliminary round games.

Minnesota native Madison Kaiser (Minnesota) lit the lamp for Team USA on the power play off a shot that went over the shoulder of Canadian goaltender Hailey MacLeod (Minnesota-Duluth).

Tessa Janecke (Penn State) set up a screen to allow Molly Jordan (Boston College) to score from the blue line off a pass from teammate Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) to double the U.S. lead.

To cap off the first period, Ava Lindsay (Minnesota) of Minnetonka High School shook her defender and went top shelf to put Team USA up 3-0.

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The second period was almost as explosive as the first for the Americans. Maggie Scannell shot glove-side bar-down to score and less than a minute later Kelly Gorbatenko (Wisconsin) made it 5-0.

Canada swapped goaltenders in the middle of the second frame, going from MacLeod to Mari Pietersen (Boston University).

In the third period, Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) sniped a power play goal off a drop pass from teammate Kirsten Simms (Wisconsin). Stillwater, Minnesota, native Josie St. Martin also tacked on a power play goal of her own less than a minute later.

The game was the first time in tournament history that the U.S. has shutout Canada. Goaltender Annalies Bergmann stopped all 21 shots on goal and received player of the game honors.

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Team USA moved to a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary round of the tournament and is the No.1 seed of Group A. This means that the team will have a quarterfinal bye and will advance to the semifinal match which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

In other game notes from the tournament, Sweden pulled off a win against Finland, 4-3, by scoring two extra-attacker goals in the third period. Czechia defeated Switzerland, 2-0, and Slovakia took down Germany, 6-2.

More post-game comments from Team USA and Team Canada can be found on The Rink Live's Facebook page .

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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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