Saturday, January 10, 2009

WW U18: Johnson leads USA to Gold

(Left photo courtesy of Hux on the uscho fan forum. Right photo by Mika Kylmaniemi, IIHF/HHof Images.)

Team USA, led by the Badger Women's head coach Mark Johnson, has defeated Team Canada 3-2 in overtime to win gold at the World Women's U18 Championship in Fussen, Germany. Captain Alev Kelter, alternate captain Madison Packer, and Brianna Decker have verballed to the Badgers, and I'd imagine that Brittany Ammerman might commit to the Badgers as well. Future Badgers Breann Frykas and Saige Pacholok won silver with Team Canada.

Alev Kelter also received the Directorate Award for Best Defenseman.

Mark Johnson on the game:
"It's an exciting day for USA Hockey," said Team USA Head Coach Mark Johnson, who is also the head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin. "Anytime you get to play for a championship, it's special, but when it's a world championship, it's that much better. The players, support staff and everyone involved with the team played their role and did things very well and the end result is bringing home the trophy."

Recaps: iihf, usahockey, hockeycanada
Photos: iihf, usahockey (game), usahockey (celebration)

Kelter 0-0-0, 1 SOG, -1
Packer 0-0-0, 3 SOG, E
Decker 0-0-0, 5 SOG, +1
Ammerman 1-0-1, 4 SOG, E

Frykas 0-0-0, 0 SOG, E
Pacholok 0-0-0, 2 SOG, E

Tournament stats (5 GP)
Kelter 5-3-8, 20 SOG, +16
Packer 6-5-11, 27 SOG, +13
Decker 8-1-9, 26 SOG, +15
Ammerman 5-5-10, 20 SOG, +16

Frykas 1-2-3, 12 SOG, +7
Pacholok 0-8-8, 2 SOG, +13