United States beats Canada 3-1 in tuneup ahead of U18 women's hockey championship

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BLAINE, Minn. — Kelly Gorbatenko scored the winning goal as the United States beat Canada 3-1 Thursday in a tune-up game ahead of the under-18 women's hockey championship.

Emma Peschel also scored for the U.S., while Ava Lindsay added an empty-net goal.

Tova Henderson scored for Canada.

Mari Pietersen stopped 10 of the 11 shots she faced in goal in one period of work for the Canadians. Lucy Phillips made 11 saves on 12 shots, and Hailey MacLeod stopped all shots she faced.

Annelies Bergmann (five shots) and Sedona Blair (eight shots) were perfect in goal for the Americans, while Ava McNaughton made nine saves on 10 shots in the third period.

The U18 women's championship kicks off Monday in Madison and Middleton, Wis.

The tournament was relocated from Linkoping and Mjolby, Sweden, and rescheduled from January when it was called off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 women's U18 championship in the same Swedish cities was cancelled.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 2, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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