LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Madelyn McArthur (St. Catharines, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) turned aside each and every one of the 26 shots she faced, backstopping Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to a 3-0 win over the United States on Friday night.
The victory evens the series at a game apiece ahead of the finale Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT).
McArthur has been unbeatable thus far in the series; she made 12 saves in a half-game of work in the series opener Thursday, and has not allowed a goal on 38 shots across more than 87 minutes.
Claire Dalton (Toronto, Ont./Toronto, PWHL) and Zoe Boyd (Caledon, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) led the offence for the Canadians, recording a goal and an assist apiece.
Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Oakville, PWHL) opened the scoring just past the eight-minute mark with Canada on the penalty kill, forcing a turnover in the neutral zone before picking her spot over the short-side shoulder of U.S. goaltender Calla Frank for a shorthanded marker.
Dalton doubled the advantage at 3:42 of the second, splitting the American defence and going to the backhand to beat Frank, and Boyd jumped in off the blue-line to find a loose puck and make it 3-0 on the power play at 9:54 of the middle frame.
That would be more than enough offence for McArthur, who was at her busiest in the third period when the U.S. directed 11 shots her way.
“To be honest, I think the big difference was just puck bounces. We capitalized more today on our chances, and we definitely had an all-around better game, but either game could have gone either way and that’s generally the way it is when Canada is playing the U.S.A. in hockey. It’s exciting to see the girls have success, and stay together, stick together, and work together.”
Delaney Collins, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
“It feels really fantastic. Our team really came together and helped me out a lot with blocked shots and no selfish play, so that’s really awesome. We’ve all been through the same thing together and we know how each other feels, so we come into the games with confidence.”
Madelyn McArthur discusses her game shutout and how the team has come together quickly since Sunday’s roster selection
“It’s all about the team; they’ve been great supporters and setting me up for these great opportunities. I think the offence we’re creating as a team and as a whole is awesome. It’s a huge bounce-back [win]. We have the momentum going into game three. They’re a great opponent, though, and we’ll have to bring it to game three just like we did for game two.”
Claire Dalton on her offensive contributions in games one and two, and looking ahead to game three