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Bozek, Decker Honored for NWHL Playoff Performances & Lead Teams to Isobel Cup Finals

03/10/2016, 4:00pm MST

Bozek (Buffalo Beauts) and Decker (Boston Pride) will face off in the Isobel Cup Finals

Brianna Decker (Boston Pride) and Megan Bozek (Buffalo Beauts) of the U.S. Women's National Team have been named Players of the Series from this past weekend's NWHL playoffs and will lead their teams into the Isobel Cup Finals in a best-of-three series beginning Friday, March 11 at the Hockey House at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The puck drops at 7:30 pm ET.

Five other members of Team USA will also be taking part in the finals. The Pride features Kacey Bellamy, Hilary Knight and Amanda Pelkey, while the Beauts have Meghan Duggan and Emily Pfalzer.

Decker recorded two goals and an assist in the Pride’s 6-0 win over the Riveters on Friday night. She added another goal and assist in Saturday’s 7-4 series-clinching win.

Bozek scored the game-winning goal in game three of the semifinal round against the Connecticut Whale to send the Beauts to the finals. Bozek also opened the scoring on Sunday with a goal in the first period.

For more information on the Isobel Cup Finals, click here

The U.S. Women's National Team, that will compete in the IIHF Women's World Championship at the end of the month. For more go to


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"I feel thoroughly satisfied with how these young athletes came to play tonight and they went out and won a world championship," said Katey Stone, head coach for Team USA and also the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University. "We went out, attacked and brought it home. It's a great day for USA Hockey."

Team USA came out strong in the first period, holding a 13-9 shots advantage and gaining a 2-0 advantage. Meagan Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) opened the scoring at 12:12 when Brooke Ammerman (River Vale, N.J.) sent her a feed from behind the net and she roofed it from the bottom of the slot. Ammerman then tallied her sixth goal of the tournament at 18:48, as she grabbed Brianna Decker's (Dousman, Wis.) rebound at the right post and used her backhand to take it to the open left side of the net for a 2-0 U.S. lead heading into the second frame.

In the middle stanza, the Americans scored twice more to go up 4-0 before Canada used a power play to get on the board. U.S. goal No. 3 came at 2:29 of the period. CaptainSarah Erickson (LaPorte, Minn.) took a shot from the right faceoff circle that rebounded out to the left side, where Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) put it low past Canadian netminder Delayne Brian. Decker was next to light the lamp for the United States, as she skated the puck into Canada's zone from center ice and got a shot off with a Canadian player in tow. The shot hit the crossbar and landed in the net at 8:14 for a four-goal U.S. advantage.

The lone Canadian goal of the second period came at 18:17, while the Americans were down a man and had just killed off over a minute of a 5-on-3 Canadian advantage. Lauriane Rougeau took a shot from the left point that went off Carolyne Prevost's stick and into the U.S. net past Grogan.

Canada cut its deficit to 4-2 early in the final frame when Jessica Jones' wrister from the left faceoff circle slipped low inside the far post at 2:20. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) secured the gold-medal victory for Team USA with 7:46 to go in the game, as she skated in front of the goalmouth and beat Brian low for the 5-2 final.

NOTES: Brooke Ammerman was named the U.S. Player of the Game ...Team USA went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-5 with the man advantage ... Alyssa Grogan won the Directorate Award as the tournament's top goaltender ... Kendall Coyne, Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Sarah Erickson were named Team USA's best players of the tournament ... Amanda Kessel (4-7--10) led the U.S. team in scoring ... Joining Katey Stone on the coaching staff as assistant coaches were Erin Whitten Hamlen, associate women’s ice hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire, andBob Deraney, head women’s ice hockey coach at Providence College.


Scoring By Period

USA 2 2 1 -- 5

CAN 0 1 1 -- 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Mangene (Ammerman), 12:12; 2, USA, Ammerman (Decker), 18:48. Penalties: USA, Bolden (high-sticking), 1:08; CAN, Rougeau (interference), 1:20; CAN, Watt (delay of game), 18:48.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Coyne (Erickson), 2:29; 4, USA, Decker (unassisted), 8:14; 5, CAN, Prevost (Rougeau), 18:17 (pp). Penalties: USA, Sherry (interference), 4:07; USA, Wild (holding), 8:42; CAN, Poulin (cross-checking), 13:22; USA, Bolden (interference), 16:12; USA, Grogan (tripping), 17:18.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, CAN, Jones (Prevost), 2:20; 7, USA, Kessel (unassisted), 12:14 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Team (too many players on the ice), 5:26; CAN, Poulin (hooking), 10:25; CAN, Watt (tripping), 18:15.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA   13 8 6 27
CAN   9 13 6 28
Goaltenders (SH/SV)   1 2 3 Total
USA, Grogan, 60:00   9-9 13-12 6-5 28-26
CAN, Brian, 60:00   13-11 8-6 6-5 27-22

Power Play:USA 1-6; CAN 1-5

Penalties: USA 5-10; CAN 6-12
Officials: Referee-Joy Tottman (GBR); Linesmen-Marina Konstantinova (RUS), Alice Stanley (GBR)

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