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USA looking to reclaim gold on international stage as Women's Worlds begin

The Americans are looking to get back to their winning ways after they had won five-straight world titles before Canada put an end to that streak in OT last year.

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USA goalie Maddie Rooney (35) watches the puck during practice Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at The National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
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HERNING, Denmark — The United States will be on the world stage for women's hockey for the first time since the Winter Olympics back in February, where the Americans took silver in the gold medal matchup against Canada.

In its only exhibition game before the Women's World Championship gets underway, the U.S. took on Canada Tuesday afternoon where they fell 3-1 in the competition. Lee Stecklein posted the only goal for the Americans.

Eighteen of the 23 players on the roster were members of the 2022 U.S. Olympic team. Seven Minnesotans are on the roster for the United States, including goaltender Maddie Rooney of Andover, Rory Guilday of Minnetonka, Lee Stecklein of Roseville, Hannah Brandt of Vadnais Heights, Taylor Heise of Lake City, Kelly Pannek of Plymouth, and Grace Zumwinkle of Excelsior.

The team is coached by John Wroblewski, a Neenah, Wisconsin, native who was previously coach of the Ontario Reign, the AHL team of the Los Angeles Kings.

The U.S. will look to get back to its winning ways at the World Championships after it had won five-straight at the tournament until Canada put an end to that streak in 2021 with an overtime loss in the gold medal game.

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The U.S. will begin the World Championships against Japan to kick off the preliminary round at 8 a.m. CST Thursday. The tournament will run until Sept. 4 with all games airing on NHL Network.

Related Topics: WOMEN'S HOCKEY
Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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