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USA U18 Girls Camp Opens

By frederick61, 07/11/13, 2:00PM CDT


Sydney Baldwin (left) explodes when Minnetonka scores the winning come from behind goal to give the Skippers a 3-2 win over Benilde-St. Magaret’s in the Section 6AA finals

Three weeks ago, USA hockey announced the U. S. Women’s National Team roster for 2013-2014.  Twenty five players were chosen.  Out of these 25 players, 21 will be chosen for the U.S. Women’s Olympic team for the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia opening February 7.

For the 16 and 17 year old players going through tryouts at USA Hockey’s U18 National Team Development Camp held in St. Cloud MN starting Friday, the U. S. Women’s National team announcement had some rays of hope for their making the 2018 Olympic team.

The first is obvious, Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon MO), was one of the 25 players chosen.  Dunne is 16 years old and could have been attending the St. Cloud camp.  Dunne’s selection shows that age is not always a factor in being selected for the Olympic team.  The scouts are looking for talent and will pick talented players out of the development camps such as St. Cloud and advance them.

Nor is size a factor.  Dunne is a 5’6” and plays defense.  Four forwards selected for the National team are 5’5” or shorter.  But the best ray of hope for the players at St. Cloud is that 13 of the 25 players on next year’s Olympic team are borne in the 1980’s and that opens up spots for the 2018 Olympic team.

The 2018 Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  A new hockey arena is being built at Kwandong University to hold the Olympic teams.  Kwandong University is in the coastal city Gangneung on the Sea of Japan.
At the U18 camp in St. Cloud this week, 150 or so players from all over the country have been invited or selected to attend the camp.  The players are divided into 10 teams.  Each team will skate three games over this coming weekend.

The 16 year old players selected are combined with the 17 year old players for the St. Cloud camp.  In all, 10 defensive players, 16 forwards, and one goalie from Minnesota will attend the camp.  They are listed below with their camp teams and jersey numbers in parenthesis before their name.


1. (#5 Red) Grace Bizel/Hopkins-Bizel played three years for the Royals scoring 58 points (20 goals) in 75 games 

2. (#3 Gold) Lauren Boyle/Eden Prairie-Boyle scored 9 goals (23 points) in 50 games over the past two seasons for the Eagles.

3. (#6 White) Taylor Flaherty/Lakeville North-Flaherty scored 20 goals (39 points) in the past three seasons the Panther’s Class AA state tourney team last season.

4. (#7 Grey) Katie Robinson/Dodge County-Robinson scored 56 points (9 goals) in 73 games.

5. (#6 Gold) Paige Sorenson/Wayzata-Sorenson skated in 23 games for the Trojans last year.

6. (#7 Black) Steffen Mackenzie/Benilde-St. Margaret’s-Mackenzie posted 5 goals (35 points) in 50 games.

7. (#2 Blue) Sydney Baldwin/Minnetonka-Baldwin scored 63 points in 70 games for the Skippers.  She participated in the U18 National Development Camp last season and made the USA U18 team.  Baldwin was paired at defense often with Jincy Dunne in their U18 teams three game series with Canada.

8.  (#5 Pink) Mary-Kate Hallett/St. Paul United-Hallett skated the last two seasons for the United team posting 38 points (21 goals) in 46 games.  Hallett is among a fair number of girls who started out in the U14/15 selects in 2010 and have returned the years.

9.  (#2 Green) Dani Sadek/Lakeville North-Sadek scored 78 points (21 goals) in 75 games.

10. (#6 Purple) Isabella Sutton/Mounds View-A high scoring defensive player, in the last four seasons for the Mustangs, Bella Sutton has scored 93 points in 90 games including 29 goals.


1. (#13 Grey) Charlie Dahlquist/Eden Prairie-In the last two seasons for the Eagles, Dahlquist has 64 points (34 goals).

2. (#16 Blue) Demi Gardner/Warroad-Gardner scored 90 points (37 goals) in 49 games for the Warriors in the last two seasons.

3. (#14 Green) Rebekah Kolstad/Mankato East-In 93 games over four seasons, Kolstad has scored 79 goals and 158 points.

4. (#15 Royal) Morgan Morse/Lakeville South-Morse scored 28 goals (61 points) in 73 games over three seasons

5. (#9 Black) Dana Rasmussen/Dodge County-Dana scored 214 points (122 goals) in 96 games over four seasons.  Dodge County came within one game of making the Class AA state tourney losing to Lakeville North in the Section 1AA finals.

6. (#15 Black) Brook Schugel/New Ulm-In her two seasons at New Ulm, Schugel has scored 47 goals in 49 games with 77 points.

7. (#12 Purple) Sophia Shaver/Wayzata-One of two Trojan sophomores at St. Cloud, Shaver has been Wayzata’s #2 and #3 scorers the last two seasons (34 points, 13 goals in 50 games)

8. (#17 Red) Alexis Joyce/Lakeville North-Joyce has posted 149 points (64 goals) in 88 games with the Panthers over the past four seasons.  She went from playing peewee A hockey to high school varsity.

9. (#11 Black) Karlie Lund/Blake-Led Blake to the Class A State Championship posted 90 points and 37 goals in 73 games over three seasons.

10. (#9 Royal) Alev Baysoy/St. Paul United-In four seasons and 81 games for United, Baysoy has scored 81 goals (125pts).

11. (#13 Blue) McKenna Brand/NAHA-As an eighth and ninth grader for Park Rapids, Brand led Park Rapids in scoring posting 51 goals and 74 points for the Panthers.  In her last two seasons, Brand played for the North American Hockey Academy playing 124 games, scoring 128 points (51 goals).  She is from Nevis MN, a town about 20 miles east of Park Rapids.

12. (#10 Green) Samantha Donovan/Irondale-Donovan has posted 211 points (126 goals) in 101 games for the Knights.  Donovan played varsity hockey for Irondale as a seventh grader; her senior year next season will be her sixth varsity season.  She is a two sport athlete and plays lacrosse for the Knights.

13. (#15 Pink) Reagan Haley/Red Wing-Haley, in the past four seasons, has scored 51 goals (170 points) in 95 games for Red Wing.  She and Schammel were the high scoring forwards for the Red Wing Class 1 state tourney entry last March.

14. (#12 Red) Maliya Rodgers/Hopkins-

15. (#17 Pink) Nicole Schammel /Red Wing-Schammel has put up the most impressive offensive numbers of any in the past four seasons, scoring 164 goals (265 points) in 95 games.

16. (#10 Gold) Taylor Williamson/Edina- She played for the U18 National team last season in the series with Canada.  In two seasons at Edina, Williamson has scored 40 goals (74 points) in 45 games.


1. (#31 Red) Maddie Rooney/Andover-In the 2011-2012 season, Rooney played goalie for the Andover Bantam A team that lost to Wayzata in the State Bantam A third place game.  Last season, Rooney played girls hockey for the first time in the winter season posting 18-6-1 record in regular season play giving up 1.51 goals per game while saving 93% of the shot on goal.

Other Notables

1. (#6 Royal) Maddie Rolfes/Shattuck-Rolfes made the U18 national team last year.  She skated for the Shattuck Prep team last season scoring 20 points (8 goals) in 41 games.

2. (#2 Black) Sophia Skarzynski-Skarzynski was easily noticeable at the USA International Cup tourney last summer playing for the West Coast Selects.  Last season she played for the national championship runner-up team, the Chicago Mission (U19 Tier I).  Her Mission team beat Samoskevich’s and Rolfes’ Shattuck team 7-4 in the semifinals of the national championship.

3. (#4 Gold) Melissa Samoskevich/Shattuck-Melissa’s home is Sandy Hook CT.  She has played defense for the U18 national team last season in the USA’s three game series with Canada.  At Shattuck, Samoskevich has posted 71 points (31 goals) in 102 games.

4. (#4 Gold) Jesse Dunne/St. Louis Blues U19-The older sister of Jincy Dunne, Jesse led the Blues in scoring last season (Jincy was third).  Jesse has a scholarship to Ohio State in 2014.

5. (#17 Purple) Taylar Cianfarano/National Sports Academy-Cianfarano is a returning member of last year’s USA U18 team.  Last season, playing for the NSA, Taylar led the team in scoring with 41 points in 27 games (27 goals)

6. (#17 Pink) Grace Zarzecki/Chicago Mission-Teammate of Sophia Skarzynski on the Mission’s national runner-up team, Zarzecki is a two sport athlete, hockey and track (800 meters).  Zarzecki played on the USA U18 team last year.

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