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August 25, 2009

Women's Select 18s edge Canada

CALGARY, Alta. - Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) scored the game-winning goal and Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) turned aside 37 shots as the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team topped Canada, 4-3, in the opening game of the 2009 Women's Under-18 Series on Monday. The teams resume their three-game series on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alta.

"It was good for the players to get on the ice and see some competition coming out of camp," said Katie King, head coach of the 2009 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. "I was proud of the team's resiliency and our ability to come back and capitalize on the power play."

Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) gave Team USA a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 2:12 of the first period. Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) sent a pass to Coyne who split the defensemen and beat goaltender Erica Howe on the breakaway.

Canada quickly responded with a power-play marker 59 seconds later to tie the game, 1-1.

The game remained knotted until 11:11 of the second period when Canada netted a goal to take a 2-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.

In the third period, the U.S. scored twice on its five power-play opportunities. Alexandra Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) sent a cross-ice pass from Coyne to the back of the net at 7:41 to tie the score, 2-2. Pfalzer picked up her second assist of the game on the play.

Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) made it back-to-back power-play tallies when she deflected Meagan Mangene's (Manorville, N.Y.) shot for a goal at 11:09 to give Team USA a 3-2 lead. Zoe Hickel (Anchorage, Alaska) recorded an assist on the play.

Canada tied the score at 11:32 of the third period before Mock's goal at 13:46 accounted for the 4-3 final. Marissa Gedman's (Framingham, Mass.) shot from the blue line deflected off Mock and beat Howe for the game-winning goal. Katie Case (Grosse Point Shores, Wis.) also collected an assist on the play.

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