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2022 Women's Series Recap: Wednesday, August 18

Canada’s women’s U18 team secured its series while the development team dropped the middle game of its series.

August 18, 2022

CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team secured a series win against the United States with a 4-0 victory while Canada’s National Women’s Development Team dropped the second game of its series 4-1 to the U.S.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team

  • Abby Lunney (Newmarket, Ont./Central York, OWHA U22 Elite) scored the first goal of her international career while Caitlin Kraemer (Kitchener, Ont./Kitchener, OWHA U22 Elite), Jordan Baxter (New Westminster, B.C./Delta Hockey Academy, CSSHL) and Emmalee Pais (London, Ont./London, OWHA U22 Elite) also found the back of the net.
  • Keira Hurry (London, Ont./London, OWHA U22 Elite), Mackenzie Alexander (Toronto, Ont./Etobicoke, OWHA U22 Elite), Piper Grober (Toronto, Ont./Durham West, OWHA U22 Elite) and Jaimee Spring (Cranbrook, B.C./Rink Hockey Academy, CSSHL) all registered an assist.
  • Arianne Leblanc (Terrebonne, Que./Stanstead College, JWHL) made 25 saves for her first international shutout.

Full game stats are available at

Canada’s National Development Team

  • Maggie Connors (St. John’s, N.L./Princeton University, ECAC) provided the lone goal.
  • Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton, Alta./Colgate University, ECAC) and Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin, WCHA) each contributed with an assist.
  • Hannah Murphy (Bradford, Ont./Colgate University, ECAC) finished with 33 stops.

Full game stats are available at

Next Games:

Under-18: Canada vs. United States – Saturday, August 20 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Development: Canada vs. United States – Saturday, August 20 (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT)


“We committed to the game plan. We were aggressive on our forecheck while maintaining a great backcheck and still brought the same energy and aggressiveness [as yesterday]. LeBlanc held in there and made some fantastic saves. We wouldn’t be where we are without her. We do not want to leave here with just two [wins], we are going for that third win on Saturday.”

-         Under-18 head coach Courtney Kessel (Mississauga, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) on shutting out the Americans

“My teammates were there for me when I needed them, [they] blocked a couple of hard shots and passes on two-on-ones. It still feels unreal, I cannot believe I played my first game in the Maple Leaf. I tried to take it as a normal game, shot by shot. As the minutes ticked down it felt so good and when [the clock] hit zero I was just happy to celebrate with my teammates.”

-         Leblanc on posting a shutout

We have lots of support and trust with each other. We know how to move the puck around great. It has been a couple of great team wins so far; we are together in everything. We are definitely looking for another team win, focusing on our habits and bringing it to the [United States].

-         Kraemer on the full team effort

“We need to re-group tomorrow and establish good habits. Sticking to our habits and executing is what makes our team so great. Our execution was not there tonight. This group has fought hard for the past two weeks. They deserve to be here and know the magnitude of this opportunity. We have not won a series against the United States in the past four years. It is important to win these opportunities.”

-         Development head coach Kori Cheverie (New Glasgow, N.S.) on getting back on track for the series finale

“On Saturday we need to work on our consistency and keeping our work ethic the whole time. In the room, the main message is that we have an opportunity here. We have an opportunity to represent Canada and go into the third [deciding] game against the Americans. We have a great chance to win it here on Saturday.”

-          Connors on the changes needed heading into the series-deciding game

They played hard. Talking in the room, we had blips of greatness but the key is doing that consistently. That’s something we did not do tonight. Moving forward we are ready to learn from [tonight] and move on. Any time you can play against the United States, those are games you want to play in. I always feel proud to get to play in these games and do my best to make the most of it.

-         Shirley on the opportunity to play against the Americans

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Development and Under-18 Teams, please visit, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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