On January 2nd, Mia Biotti stepped into the Vlado Dzurilla Ice Rink to represent the United States of America in the U18 Women’s World Championship game. The tournament was held over two weeks in December and January and took place in Bratislava, Slovakia. The U18 team had previously lost to Canada in the championship game in 2018, but the group was committed to seeing a different result take place in 2019/20.
Biotti and her teammates had cruised to a 3-0 win over Russia in the semifinal but knew that the match up with Canada would not be as easy. It did not come as a surprise that the championship game that had ended in overtime the year prior would not be decided in regular time. Team USA took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but with 5:38 left in the third period, Canada tied it up, forcing overtime. However, team USA was up for the task, and with 3:08 left in the first overtime, USA forced a turnover at the U.S. blue line and went on to score the game-winning goal.
The girl’s varsity hockey team at BB&N held a watch party at the NAC to support Biotti and team USA. When the game-winning-goal was scored, the excitement and cheers in the Stonestreet Lounge could have been heard in Bratislava. Congratulations, Mia! We are all so proud of you!