The United States Under-18 women’s national team played its first game in Hungary yesterday, and Team USA turned it into a feast.
The Americans opened the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Junior Championship by beating Russia, 6-1.
Marblehead native Lexie Laing, who is making her second appearance in the tourney after winning a silver medal in 2013, had one assist in the victory. Laing was recently named New England Prep School girls Player of the Year for her outstanding season at Nobles and Greenough and had one of the best faceoff percentages in last year’s women’s world junior tournament.
“We have a great team and a great chemistry, but I think our real strength lies in our defense,” USA head coach Jeff Kampersal, who is originally from Beverly and is head coach at Princeton, said via an IIHF news release.
“Our centers are strong at winning faceoffs and we have kids that are ready to shoot the puck.”
Five different Americans had goals in the opening victory, in which they outshot the Russians 54-17.
Team USA is in action again today, facing host Hungary in Budapest at 1:30 eastern time.