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Women's U18 and Collegiate teams split final games against Canada

The U18 squad dropped its third straight game to the Canadians while the Collegiate team finished 2-1.

USA's Abbey Murphy skates during a Team USA practice
Team USA's Abbey Murphy (37) skates during practice Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at The National Sports Center in Blaine.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

CALGARY — With the third and final game over and done with, the Team USA collegiate squad ended its time in Canada with a winning 2-1 record while the U18s finished 0-3.

Even though the Canadians jumped out to an early lead in the final Collegiate Series match, Team USA found a way to come back and take the game, 2-1.

The first American goal came on the power play from Nicole LaMantia (Wayne, Ill. / Wisconsin) halfway through the first frame.

Later on in the same period, Golden Gopher Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) scored the game winner off a rebound shot from Anna Wilgren (Hudson, Wis. / MSU Mankato).

Goaltenders Abbey Levy (Congers, N.Y. / Boston College) and Amanda Thiele (Milford, Mich. / Ohio State) had a combined 33 save performance.

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The Collegiate team finishes the series, 2-1. The team dropped the first game in a shootout and won the second match , 4-1.

The U18 team dropped their third and final game against the Canadians in a 7-2 decision.

The first goal for the Americans came from Bella Fanale (Webster, N.Y.) off of slick passes from Minnesotan Elly Klepinger (Minnetonka HS / Minnesota) and Shattuck-St. Mary's product Gabby Kim (Los Angeles, Calif. / Princeton).

The second and final goal from the Americans came on a breakaway five-hole opportunity from newcomer Sammy Taber (Tewksbury, Mass. / Boston College).

The U18 squad fell in all three matches after losing the first in a shootout, 6-5, and the second in regulation, 4-0.

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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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