2007-08 National Women's Under-18 Team

United States  5 -  Canada  2



A quick start by the USA was too much for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to overcome, and the Americans were crowned the first-ever IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship gold medalists after a 5-2 win on Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at Father David Bauer Arena.

The Americans scored two goals in the latter half of the first period and added two more in the first nine minutes of the second as they opened up a 4-0 lead that was enough to put away the pesky Canadians.

Meagan Mangene got the ball rolling for the USA at the 12:12 mark, taking a pass from behind the net by Player of the Game Brooke Ammerman and slamming the puck past Canadian goaltender Delayne Brian (Winnipeg, MB).

Ammerman scored one of her own late in the opening 20 minutes, gathering in a rebound and beating Brian upstairs to give the Americans a two-goal lead heading into the break.

With Canada looking for a quick start to the second period to get back into the game, it was the Americans who struck again, as Kendall Coyne put a rebound up and over Brian’s shoulder for what proved to be the gold medal-winning goal.

Brianna Decker finished off the American offensive onslaught by snapping a wrist shot perfectly into the top corner over the blocker of Brian, the puck clanging off the crossbar before dropping into the net.

Late in the period, Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, ON) gave the Canadians life when she found a loose puck at the side of the net and beat American netminder Alyssa Grogan, igniting the overflow crowd of more than 2,000 in attendance.

Needing a quick start to the third period, Jess Jones (Picton, ON) – Canada’s Player of the Game – gave her team that quick start, firing a low wrist shot that beat Grogan along the ice to cut the American lead to two.

But that was as close as the Canadians would get, and Amanda Kessel’s powerplay goal with 7:44 remaining was the final nail in the Canadian coffin.

The Americans mobbed Grogan as the final buzzer sounded, giving the USA their first gold medal at an IIHF event since the Under-18 men’s team was victorious at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden.

Saturday night’s game featured all three Directorate award winners, as Grogan took home Top Goaltender, Canadian captain Lauriane Rougeau (Beaconsfield, QC) was named Top Defenseman and Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, QC) was named Top Forward.



Game Information
Game Number 20  Round Gold Medal
Arena Father David Bauer Arena City, Country Calgary, Alta., Canada
Month / Day / Year 01/12/2008 Time (local) 07:30 PM MT
Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
United States (USA) 2 2 1 5
Canada (CAN) 0 1 1 2
First Period
   12:12 USA 19 Meagan Mangene (12 Brooke Ammerman)
   18:48 USA 12 Brooke Ammerman (14 Brianna Decker)

   01:08 USA 2 Blake Bolden (High Sticking)
   01:20 CAN 4 Lauriane Rougeau (Interference)
   06:25 CAN 2 Samantha Watt (Delay of Game)

Second Period
   02:29 USA 11 Kendall Coyne (16 Sarah Erickson)
   08:14 USA 14 Brianna Decker
   18:17 CAN 14 Carolyne Prevost (4 Lauriane Rougeau) PP

   04:07 USA 15 Sasha Sherry (Interference)
   08:42 USA 8 Kelly Wild (Holding)
   13:22 CAN 10 Marie-Philip Poulin (Cross Checking)
   16:12 USA 2 Blake Bolden (Interference)
   17:18 USA 1 Alyssa Grogan (Tripping)

Third Period
   02:20 CAN 6 Jessica Jones (14 Carolyne Prevost)
   12:16 USA 18 Amanda Kessel PP

   05:26 CAN Team (Too Many Men)
   10:25 CAN 10 Marie-Philip Poulin (Hooking)
   18:15 CAN 2 Samantha Watt (Tripping)

United States
1 Alyssa Grogan On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
1 Delayne Brian On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
United States 13 8 6 27
Canada 9 13 6 28

Player of Game
United States
Referee TOTTMAN Joy
Lines People KONSTANTINOVA Marina, STANLEY Alice