2011-12 National Women's Under-18 Team

United States 0 - Canada 3



ZLIN, Czech Republic _ Canada won gold at the under-18 women's hockey championship on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the United States.

Alexis Crossley of Cole Harbour, N.S., Sarah Lefort of Ormstown, Que., and Cydney Roesler of Stittsville, Ont., scored and Emerance Maschmeyer of Bruderheim, Alta., made 28 saves for the shutout.

“I like shutouts a lot,'' said head coach Pierre Alain. “So 3-0 was like the cherry on the cake.”

Crossley scored on a rebound at 9:04 of the first period and Lefort tallied on the power play at 14:03. Roesler's insurance goal in the third period also came with the man advantage.

Alain said he was also pleased with his team's play in the defensive end.

“We knew today we'd have to work in our end,” Alain said. “We came through. It was a great team effort.”

Defenceman Erin Ambrose of Keswick, Ont., said it was an amazing feeling to beat the defending champions.

“I don't know if I've seen a group of girls so happy,” she said. “There are tears and smiles, there are hugs everywhere right now _ it's incredible.”

American goalie Brianna Laing made 13 saves. Her coach, Heather Linstad, called it a disappointing result.

“I thought our team had great team chemistry,'' Linstad said. “We worked really hard and created many scoring opportunities but couldn't find the back of the net.”

Canada and the United States have dominated this event, meeting in the final at all four previous championships.

The Americans won gold on three occasions while Canada's other title came in 2010.


Game Information
Game Number 22 Round Gold
Arena PSG Arena City, Country Zlin, CZE
Month / Day / Year 01/07/2012 Time 01:00 PM ET
Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
United States (USA) 0 0 0 0
Canada (CAN) 2 0 1 3

First Period
   09:04 CAN 10 Alexis Crossley (11 Taylor Woods)
   14:03 CAN 16 Sarah Lefort (26 Shannon MacAulay, 20 Cayley Mercer) PP

   10:42 CAN 12 Kristyn Capizzano (Slashing)
   13:37 USA 23 Molly Illikainen (Interference)

Second Period

   00:26 CAN 16 Sarah Lefort (Cross Checking)
   02:49 CAN 24 Nicole Connery (Boarding)
   06:58 USA 6 Courtney Burke (Bodychecking)
   12:18 USA 21 Maryanne Kennedy-Menefee (Slashing)
   13:09 CAN   (Too Many Men)
   17:16 CAN 18 Halli Krzyzaniak (Tripping)

Third Period
   15:42 CAN 21 Cydney Roesler (16 Sarah Lefort) PP

   03:03 CAN 25 Rebecca Kohler (Elbowing)
   09:05 CAN 28 Catherine Dubois (Slashing)
   11:14 CAN 18 Halli Krzyzaniak (Boarding)
   15:02 USA 19 Paige Savage (Slashing)
   19:10 USA 6 Courtney Burke (Roughing)
   19:57 USA 15 Anne Pankowski (Cross Checking)

United States
1 Brianna Laing On 1/00:00 Off 3/18:25
1 Brianna Laing On 3/19:10 Off 3/20:00
30 Emerance Maschmeyer On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
United States 9 8 11 28
Canada 3 9 4 16

For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines