by Roger Wistar
For the second year in a row, Lindsay Reed '18 helped anchor a title run for the US Under-18 team at the IIHF Women's World Championships, held in Russia from Jan. 6-13.
Even more than last year, Reed proved instrumental in the team's quest for gold, including helping the team survive an opening 2-1 overtime win over Sweden, and stopping the final four shots in a comeback 4-3 win over Canada in the semifinals.
Although the US team was able to make it through the group stage and the knockout round without dropping a game, the road was considerably tougher this year than in 2017, when the Americans only played a single game decided by fewer than two goals.
And even though their archrival Canada proved to be less formidable than in previous years, the Americans still faced their toughest test from their neighbors to the north in the semifinals. After matching goals in the first period, Canada scored twice in the second and appeared to be on their way to an upset victory.
Team USA would rally, however, midway through the final period. Goals by Casey O'Brien and Kelly Browne less than three minutes apart tied the game and set the stage for a dramatic shootout.
After allowing a goal from Canada's first skater, Reed settled in and blocked the next two shots, while the second American skater buried her shot to tie the score. Reed forced the next shooter wide right, and Makenna Webster scored on her try to give Team USA a 2-1 lead. Reed forced another miss on the final shot to send the team through to the finals.
The gold-medal game would prove somewhat anticlimactic, as Team USA poured in six goals in the second period to take a 9-1 lead and cruise to the 9-3 title victory.
Photos courtesy of John Reed