Team USA clinched the No. 1 seed in Group A for the elimination rounds with a 6-2 victory over Canada Tuesday in the IIHF U18 Women’s World championships in Dmitrov, Russia. It was the widest margin of victory for the U.S. against the Canadians in U18 tournament play.
The Americans scored four even-strength goals in the second period to take command after a 1-1 first period. Casey O’Brien, Ally Simpson, Taylor Heise and Abbey Murphy scored for the U.S. in the second.
Heise added her second of the game in the third period.
Dominique Petrie opened the scoring with an extra attacker on the ice because of a delayed penalty against Canada. However, Margaret Connors tied it for Canada.
Katelyn Knoll of Amherst, a senior at Nichols, skated on the third line for Team USA with Kelly Browne and Hannah Bilka. Knoll had three shots on the net, all in the second period. She has a even ratings (0-0) for the three tournament games.
Makenna Webster had three assists and goalie Lindsay Reed made 24 saves for the U.S.
U.S. (3-0) will have a bye into the semifinals as the No. 1 seed in its Group. The Americans will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Canada and the Czech Republic in the semifinals on Friday.