By @MichaelCaples –
They needed overtime to do it, but the Americans beat their main rival in the title game of the Under-18 Women’s World Championship today in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Kiara Zanon (Fairport, N.Y.) scored with 3:08 remaining in the first overtime period to give the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team a 2-1 victory in the concluding contest.
With the win, Team USA has won gold at the major international tournament in five of the last six seasons.
Michigan was well-represented on the Under-18 Team roster, as there were five players hailing from the Great Lakes State:
- Emma Gentry – Forward – Alpena – HoneyBaked
- Callie Shanahan – Goaltender – Commerce – HoneyBaked
- Kirsten Simms – Forward – Plymouth – Selects Academy
- Amanda Thiele – Goaltender – Milford – Belle Tire
- Clara Van Wieren – Forward – Okemos – Shattuck St. Mary’s
Here are the highlights:
Team USA avenged their lone tournament loss with a win over Canada; their rivals took the final preliminary-round game on Dec. 29 by the same 2-1 score.
After beating Finland in their tournament opener, the U.S. beat Russia twice and Canada once en route to the title.
A look at the Michigan girls’ statistics:
- Gentry finished with one goal and a +2 rating in the tournament.
- Simms had two assists and a +3 rating overall.
- Van Wieren picked up one assist and a +3 rating.
- Thiele recorded 35 saves in her time between the pipes.