Rosters for the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships have been announced by Hockey Canada and USA Hockey in the last week, as countries prepare for the international tournament next month. A handful of Selects earned roster spots on their respective 23-person rosters, take a look at what alumni will be competing in Espoo, Finland, on April 4th.
For USA Hockey, Annie Pankowski and Melissa Samoskevich are among the 13 forwards up front. Pankowski is about to close out her collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin, scoring 89 goals and 198 points, as the No. 1-ranked Badgers embark on the NCAA playoffs this weekend. Another senior, Samoskevich racked up 13 goals and 22 points for Quinnipiac this season, leading the Bobcats in scoring.
Defenseman Cayla Barnes will join the forward duo on Team USA, after the freshman had a standout season with Boston College. Barnes scored four goals and 23 points from the Eagles’ blue line and stood out amongst her Hockey East classmates to earn All-Rookie Team honors.
One of the best in college hockey this season, Loren Gabel scored 40 goals and 69 points during her final campaign at Clarkson University. A finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for a second consecutive season, Gabel leads the 4th-seeded Golden Knights into the postseason before embarking on international play with Team Canada.
A pair of Selects defensemen also made Canada’s final roster, including Gabel’s college teammate, Erin Ambrose and Cornell junior Jaime Bourbonnais. Ambrose has seven goals and 28 points as a senior for the Golden Knights while Bourbonnais totaled nine goals and 29 points for the 7th-seeded Big Red.
Both Canada and USA are in the five-team Group A for the IIHF World Championships, with games slated to begin Thursday, April 4th. The two teams will square off in preliminary-round action on Saturday, April 6th, as both countries will certainly be jockeying for points in the standings.
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