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Sep 26, 2017 Barrie, Ontario:

ASHI’s Team USA Women’s Division came up just short at the 2016 Ballhockey.com World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships as U.S.A. Happy Endings and U.S.A. Girls on Top lost in the “A” finals and “B” semifinals, respectively.  U.S.A. Happy Endings went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds, backstopped by Alessandra Glista’s (Boston, MA) three shutouts. Erica Simpson (Concord, NH) led the team in points with a goal and three assists, and Becky Dobson (Doylestown, PA), Blake Blomdahl (Somers Point, NJ) and Lindsey Bitler collected 2 goals each. The top seed heading into the “A” bracket playoffs, U.S.A. Happy Endings won their semifinal match-up 4-3 in a shootout. Dobson scored the only shootout goal, and Glista stopped all three shots she faced. In the championship game, the team battled to the end but lost 1-0 to the London Norstars.

In the preliminary round, U.S.A. Girls on Top went 2-1-1 and ended the round in a three-way tie. Cherie Stewart (Fountain Valley, CA) led the team with three points (two goals, one assist).
Haley Frade (Denville, NJ) had the team’s lone goals in their 1-0 win and 1-1 tie. After a coin flip, the team was given the top seed in the “B” bracket, but lost a heart breaker in overtime in the semifinals, 3-2.

Notes: Named after the last two Women’s A Champions at the North American Ball Hockey Championships, U.S.A. Happy Endings and U.S.A. Girls on Top contained some of the top talent from across the United States.  Each team had members of the 2015 Team USA squad that competed at the ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship held in Zug, SUI, and former NCAA Div. I and II athletes.  Members of Team USA will next compete at the United Women’s Ball Hockey Foundation’s Oktoberfest Ball Hockey Tournament Oct. 22-23 in Dracut, MA.

The ASHI Women’s Division will be competing in the 2017 ISBHF Men’ and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship June 1-11 in Pardubice, CZE.  For more information on the program, please contact Dave Reaser ( dreaser@ashihockey.org ).

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