Photo By: Michelle Jay
For the second game in three days, Team NWHL pushed Team USA, which was the entire idea behind this series. On Saturday, it was a scoreless deadlock after two periods. On Monday, Team NWHL had a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by Hayley Scamurra. But in the end, the USNT proved to be the Olympians they are. Team USA scored five times in the second on their way to a 6-2 victory in the second and final game of this incredible series and moment for women’s hockey. Jordan Smelker scored early in the third period for the other Team NWHL goal.
“The games were fun and I’m proud that we did well to prepare Team USA for the Olympics,” said Team NWHL forward Hayley Scamurra. “The biggest takeaway from the series was how we had to adapt to their game and their skill, and I felt we were up to the challenge.”
The NWHL was well-represented in the scoring column for the U.S. Hayley Skarupa, who started the current NWHL season on the Boston Pride, scored two goals for Team USA, while Boston’s 2016 Isobel Cup champion Brianna Decker added a tally. Monique Lamoureux-Morando also scored twice for the U.S., and Hannah Brandt had a goal.
“It was fun to see our friends in action for the U.S. National Team and to see our team come together and play so well with little time for preparation,” said Team NWHL GM Hayley Moore. “The crowds at both games were great. The weekend was a huge success for us and a big step forward for women’s hockey.”
Brittany Ott, who was strong in goal for Team NWHL with 13 saves on 13 shots in the first period and was under siege often, said after the game that she looked around the stands and was in awe of all of the fans in attendance wearing NWHL gear.
“I’m proud that we came here and did our job,” said Ott. “We gave Team USA two strong games to help them prepare for the Olympics, and NWHL fans played a big part in filling the arena.”