Not to be missed as well is Cornell goalie Lauren Slebodnick's attendance at the USA Hockey National Team Camp in Blaine, MN this month. She split time last season with 2012 graduate Amanda Mazzotta. Slebodnick posted a save percentage of 0.924 with five shutouts in the 2011-12 season.
Finally, rounding out the international play is men's hockey players, sophomore defenseman Joakim Ryan and sophomore forward Cole Bardreau who were invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp. Bardreau was named to the team which went on to international play against Finland and Sweden. Bardreau joined BC phenom Gaudreau who helped his program to its fifth national title just months ago and Gostisbehere who is a key defenseman for the Union Dutchmen on the finalized roster for the U20 contingent for Team USA.
Bardreau skated against Finland in the United States' first game. The game would end in a 5-2 victory for the United States. Bardreau would appear on the scorecard for slashing in the third period. The Big Red sophomore was a healthy scratch for the 10-2 rout of Sweden on Thursday. The Fairport native donned the stars and stripes again for Team USA's game against Finland that the United States went on to force into overtime behind two goals from Miami's Biggs, but lost ultimately 3-2.
In addition to spending time in Lake Placid, where Bardreau will hopefully play again next year when the ECAC Tournament moves back there for what many believe will be a three-year cycle, it seems as if Bardreau had a bit of fun interviewing people for USA Hockey. Video One. Video Two.
As was announced Monday afternoon, Lauren Slebodnick was named to the US Under-22 team which will be facing off against her teammates in August. She is joined on the team by ECAC players from Harvard, RPI, along with players from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, Northeastern University, the University of North Dakota, Boston College and 2 from Canadian Women's Hockey League team the Boston Blades. She is the only American woman from the Big Red representing the US and her inclusion will make for an even more thrilling game. Some may recall Slebodnick's performance in the longest game in Lynah history where she relieved then-senior goalie Amanda Mazzotta to play five periods against Boston University in the NCAA Regional game to put the team on its way to the Frozen Four. As far as high pressure games, Slebodnick seems well-suited to perform.