2022 U18 Women’s Worlds: Game schedule, how to watch, results and scores

Players on the U.S. and Canada's U18 women's hockey roster face off during a scrimage
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The IIHF U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship — last held in 2020 — is finally(!) being played again this week. Madison, Wisconsin, is hosting this year’s tournament from June 6-13, with games at LaBahn Arena at the University of Wisconsin and Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena.

See below for a full game schedule and details on the tournament format, plus a few fast facts about this year’s U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship. This guide will be updated with results and scores as the tournament continues.

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How to watch the 2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship

The last time this tournament was played in 2020, viewers at home watched via a doorbell-style camera stream.

Two-plus years later, the viewing experience has gotten a major upgrade. For the first time ever, the tournament will receive live TV coverage in the United States.

All U.S. games will air on NHL Network, either live or on tape delay. In the event of a tape delayed game, ESPN+ will provide live coverage in the U.S.

ESPN+ will also stream “other select games at LaBahn Arena,” according to a USA Hockey press release. In addition, HockeyTV.com will broadcast all games, though some will be blacked out due to broadcast rights.

USA Hockey’s website includes a column to how (and where) to watch every Team USA game.

For fans interested in attending U18 Worlds in-person, tickets for the tournament can be purchased via these links: LaBahn Arena Tickets | Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena Tickets

2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship: Playoff Schedule, Results and Scores

Friday, June 10: 

  • 5pm ET — Relegation game #1 (best-of-three series) — SUI vs. GER (SUI won 1-0) 
  • 5pm ET — Quarterfinal #1: CAN vs. SVK (CAN won 7-0)
  • 9pm ET — Quarterfinal #2: SWE vs. CZE (SWE won 2-1) 

Sunday, June 12:

  • 3:30pm ET — Semifinal #1: FIN vs. CAN (CAN won 2-1)
  • 3:30pm ET — Relegation game #2 (best-of-three series) — SUI vs. GER (SUI won 7-3, GER is relegated to Division 1 next year) 
  • 7:30pm ET — Semifinal #2: USA vs. SWE (USA won 3-2)
  • 7:30pm ET — Fifth-place game: CZE vs. SVK (CZE won 7-2) 

Monday, June 13:

  • 4:30pm ET — Bronze medal game: FIN vs. SWE (FIN won 3-0)
  • 8:30pm ET — Gold medal game: USA vs. CAN (CAN won 3-2)

2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship – Group Play Results and Scores:

Monday, June 6:

  • 5pm ET — Group B — SLOVAKIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC (CZE won 4-0)
  • 5pm ET — Group A — CANADA vs. FINLAND (FIN won 2-0)
  • 9pm ET — Group B — SWITZERLAND vs. GERMANY (GER won 1-0)
  • 9pm ET — Group A — SWEDEN vs. UNITED STATES (USA won 6-1)

Tuesday, June 7: 

  • 5pm ET — Group B — CZECH REPUBLIC vs. GERMANY (CZE won 6-2)
  • 5pm ET — Group A — CANADA vs. SWEDEN (CAN won 3-1)
  • 9pm ET — Group B — SWITZERLAND vs. SLOVAKIA (SUI won 3-1)
  • 9pm ET — Group A — UNITED STATES vs. FINLAND (USA won 5-0)

Thursday, June 9: 

  • 5pm ET — Group B — CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SWITZERLAND (CZE won 2-0)
  • 5pm ET — Group A — FINLAND vs. SWEDEN (SWE won 4-3)
  • 9pm ET — Group B — GERMANY vs. SLOVAKIA (SVK won 6-2) 
  • 9pm ET — Group A — UNITED STATES vs. CANADA (USA won 7-0) 

2022 U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship: Group Play Standings

Group A: 

  1. United States (bye to semifinal round)
  2. Finland (bye to semifinal round)
  3. Canada (quarterfinals-bound)
  4. Sweden (quarterfinals-bound)

Group B: 

  • Czech Republic (quarterfinals-bound)
  • Slovakia (quarterfinals-bound)
  • Switzerland (will compete in relegation series)
  • Germany (will compete in relegation series)

U18 Women’s Hockey World Championship Tournament Format

Just like women’s hockey at the Olympics and senior world championship, the U18 women’s world championship uses weighted pools, with the top four teams competing in group A.

  • Group A: United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden
  • Group B: Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia

At the end of group play:

  • The top two teams in group A will receive a bye to the semifinal round
  • The bottom two group A teams and the top two group B teams will play in the quarterfinal round
  • The two remaining teams in group B will play a best-of-three relegation series. The losing team will be demoted to the lower-tier, Division I tournament

Additional tournament format details, including overtime and penalty shootout rules, can be found on the IIHF website.

Refresher: How did the 2022 U18 Women’s World Championship come to be played in Madison?

The IIHF Women’s U18 World Ice Hockey Championship was last played in January 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In 2021, the Women’s U18 World Championship was the only top-level IIHF World Championship event that was cancelled. This year’s tournament was initially slated to be played in Sweden in January, but on December 24, 2021, the IIHF announced it was cancelling the tournament due to surging omicron cases.

After uproar from the women’s hockey community and questions about why the tournament was cancelled — rather than postponed — USA Hockey announced in March that it would be stepping up to hold the event.

“We were able to step into the void and pick up this event and make sure it happened,” USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher said in March. “The U18 World Championships is very critical to the girls’ game, to the women’s game, and overall to the sport of hockey across the globe – and specifically here in the U.S. [with all] the programs we run.”

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

Justine Wong-Orantes hits the ball in the women's semi-final volleyball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”

2022 Ascendant LPGA: How to watch, who’s playing in Texas’s annual signature event

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand hits her second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
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The LPGA make its annual stop in The Colony, Texas, this week for the 10th edition of the Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, where Thailand’s 19-year-old rookie Atthaya Thitikul comes in hot off her second career win and second playoff victory this season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Leading the 132-player field at Old American Golf Club, located at Golf Clubs at The Tribute, are Texas residents and past champions Cheyenne Knight and Angela Stanford. They’ll compete for the $1.7 million prize purse alongside major champions Nelly KordaLydia Ko and Brooke Henderson. Last year’s Ascendant LPGA champion, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, will not be defending her title after announcing earlier this month she would be missing several weeks due to a nagging wrist injury.

This past weekend in Arkansas, Thitikul took the lead with a 10-under 61 in the second round and shot 68 in the final round to finish regulation tied with Danielle Kang at 17-under 196. Thitikul, who won the JTBC Classic in March in a two-hole playoff vs. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, drained an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to secure the win over Kang.

How to watch the 2022 Ascendant LPGA 

Coverage of the 2022 Ascendant LPGA from Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, can be found on Golf Channel, with streaming options available any time on any mobile device and online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Friday, Sept. 30: 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: 1-4 p.m. ET, Golf Channel

Who’s playing in the 2022 Ascendant LPGA

Six of the top 10 players in the Rolex World Rankings are among the field in Texas, including:

  • No. 2 Nelly Korda
  • No. 4 Lydia Ko
  • No. 5 Atthaya Thitikul
  • No. 6 Brooke Henderson
  • No. 7 Lexi Thompson
  • No. 10 Nasa Hataoka

A number of local Texans also are in the tournament, headlined by past champions, Angela Stanford (2020) and Cheyenne Knight (2019), and two junior champions of the Volunteers of America Classic Girls Championship, who are playing on a sponsor exemption: Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang (2022), a freshman at SMU, and Avery Zweig (2021), a high school sophomore from McKinney, Texas.

Past five champions of The Ascendant LPGA

2021 Jin Young Ko (South Korea) 16-under 268 1 stroke Matilda Castren
2020 Angela Stanford (USA) 7-under 277 2 strokes So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Yealimi Noh
2019 Cheyenne Knight (USA) 18-under 266 2 strokes Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green
2018 Sung Hyun Park (South Korea) 11-under 131 1 stroke Lindy Duncan
2017 Haru Nomura (Japan) 3-under 281 Playoff Christie Kerr

Last time at The Ascendant LPGA

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko carded a final-round 69 to maintain her 54-hole lead at Old American Golf Club and held on for a one stroke win at the 2021 Volunteers of America Classic, her eighth career LPGA tour title. Ko finished regulation at 16-under 268, edging Finland’s Matilda Castren by one stroke.

It kicked off a five-win season for Ko, who had just lost her No. 1 ranking to Nelly Korda the week prior after holding the top spot for 100 straight weeks. She regained the No. 1 ranking back in October 2021, after earning her fourth win in seven starts at the BMW Ladies Championship.

More about Old American Golf Club

Opened in 2010, the Old American Golf Club is one of two clubs at The Tribute, a lakefront resort community on Lewisville Lake in The Colony, Texas. Designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Leonard, Old American plays as a Par 71 and stretches to 6,475 yards on the tournament scorecard.