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Team USA will go for gold after winning semifinal at U18 Worlds

Grace Dwyer's game-winning-goal propels Team USA to the gold-medal match of the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship

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Team USA celebrates Grace Dwyer's game-winning-goal in the IIHF 2022 U18 Women's World Championship semifinal match against Sweden.
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MADISON, Wis. — Team USA will be going for gold after a 3-2 semifinal victory on Sunday, June 12 over Sweden.

Shattuck-St. Mary's standout Sydney Morrow (Ohio State) scored the USA's first goal of the game on a bar-down snipe off a pass from Kelly Gorbatenko (Wisconsin) and Cassie Hall (Wisconsin).

Sweden tied things up at 1-1 in the second period after Stella Lindell eventually knocked in a rebound that trickled past the legs of American goaltender Annalies Bergmann (Cornell).

The Swedes became the first team of the tournament to lead Team USA after a power play goal from Mira Jungaker.

The U.S. tied things up early in the third after another Shattuck - St. Mary's player, Maggie Scannell, scored on a shot that went above Lisa Jonsson's blocker and into the net.

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Cornell commit Grace Dwyer scored the game winning goal with only 6:31 left in regulation after teammate Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) tipped a pass back to her to shoot low glove-side on Jonsson.

Sweden's player of the game honors went to Mira Jungaker. Dwyer received the same honor for Team USA.

The gold medal game will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at LaBahn Arena in Madison. The USA will face-off against Canada, who they previously defeated 7-0 in the preliminary round.

In other U18 Women's World news, Finland and Sweden will play for bronze after losing their respective semifinal matches.

Czechia earns fifth place honors after taking down Slovakia, 7-2.

Germany lost the relegation series against Switzerland, dropping both games by scores of 1-0 and 7-3.

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Team USA celebrates Grace Dwyer's game-winning-goal.
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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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