USA crushes Sweden, Finland makes history, at U18 World Championship

Team USA defeats Sweden with a 6-1 win while Finland historically upsets Canada in 2-0 shutout victory.

Team USA
Team USA stands in line after a 6-1 win over Sweden at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Madison, Wis.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

MADISON, Wis. — Team USA came out strong against Sweden in a dominant 6-1 victory on Monday, June 6 to cap the fourth game of the day in the 2022 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship.

Laila Edwards (Wisconsin) scored in the first period on the power play to give the Americans an early lead.

Cassie Hall (Wisconsin) netted two back-to-back goals, less than a minute apart, and Minnesota native Josie St. Martin would cap off the first period with a 4-0 lead for the U.S.

Things were quiet in the second period until Elyssa Biederman (Colgate) scored a shorthanded goal to put the Americans ahead 5-0.

Team Sweden netted their lone goal in the third period off a shot from Ebba Hedqvist.


Tessa Janecke added a power play goal later for the U.S.

Team USA goaltender Annalies Bergmann received the win.

Sydney Morrow (Ohio State), Laila Edwards, and Cassie Hall, all had three point nights. Grace Dwyer (Cornell) and Kirsten Simms (Wisconsin) both tacked on two assists.

Post-game comments from Team USA's Laila Edwards, Cassie Hall, and Josie St. Martin, along with head coach Katie Lachapelle, are available to watch below.

Team USA will be back in action on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT to take on Finland.

Other things to note from the first day of the play included Team Finland, with a 2-0 decision, defeated Canada for the very first time in the history of the tournament. Post-game comments from both of those teams can be found on our YouTube channel .

Meanwhile, Czechia defeated Slovakia, 4-0 and Germany defeated Switzerland 1-0.

For the first time in history, over 19,000 kids played 8U hockey in the state of Minnesota this past year

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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