U.S. Women’s Team Reaches Gold-Medal Game in World Championship

U.S. Women’s Team Reaches Gold-Medal Game in World Championship

Today marked an important milestone in the journey towards the ultimate goal for John Wroblewski, the head coach of the 2024 U.S. Women’s National Team. He expressed excitement about the big performances from the team’s young players and looked forward to what tomorrow would bring.

The game saw Hannah Bilka from Coppell, Texas score the first goal 12:01 into the contest, seizing a rebound off a shot by Abbey Murphy from Evergreen Park, Ill. Tessa Janecke from Warren, Ill. added an assist on the play, putting Team USA up 1-0.

The U.S. extended their lead on the power play with 6:46 left in the middle frame when Janecke made an impressive pass across the offensive zone to Edwards, who scored with a short-side shot into the top corner.

Edwards scored her second goal of the game early in the final period after a clever move by Taylor Heise from Lake City, Minn. opened up a scoring opportunity, allowing Edwards to tap the puck into the net.

Later in the game, Edwards completed a hat trick with a powerful shot from the slot off a pass from Kirsten Simms from Plymouth, Mich., increasing Team USA’s lead to 4-0. Savannah Harmon from Downers Grove, Ill. scored a final goal with 3:50 left to secure a 5-0 victory.

Goalkeeper Frankel stopped all 15 shots she faced, earning her fourth shutout of the tournament and setting a record for the most-ever at an IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Laila Edwards from Cleveland Heights, Ohio was named U.S. Player of the Game, while Kendall Coyne Schofield from Palos Heights, Ill., Megan Keller from Farmington Hills, Mich., and Aerin Frankel from Chappaqua, N.Y. were named Team USA’s top three players of the tournament. The U.S. outshot Finland 55-15 and had a 1-3 power play success rate, while Finland went 0-2 on the power play.

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