Team USA downs Canada in exhibition match prior to U18 World Championships

Goals from Emma Peschel, Kelly Gorbatenko and Ava Lindsay give Team USA a spark of confidence before heading into the 2022 U18 tournament.

Team USA practices at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

BLAINE, Minn. — One goal scored per period was enough for Team USA to defeat Canada 3-1 on Thursday, June 2 in an exhibition match ahead of the IIHF 2022 U18 World Championships.

Minnesota native and Ohio State commit Emma Peschel put Team USA on the board in the first period for an early 1-0 lead.

USA scored again, this time late in the second frame, off a back-door goal from Wisconsin commit Kelly Gorbatenko with a little help from Shattuck-St. Mary's standout Sydney Morrow (Ohio State commit).

Team Canada pulled within one in the third period when future Minnesota-Duluth player Tova Henderson found the net with a shot near the blue line.

Minnetonka, Minnesota, native Ava Lindsay (Minnesota commit) would seal the deal for the Americans with an empty net goal with about a minute left in regulation to win the exhibition match.


The U.S. and Canada will meet again next week in the preliminary round of the U18 Women's World Championships on Thursday, June 9th, at 8 p.m. CT at LaBahn Arena in Madison, Wisconsin.

The 16-year-old forward announced his verbal commitment to play for the Badgers after a big sophomore season with the Storm.

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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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