Erie Native Named Goaltender for 2018 US Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team

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Tony Granato's U.S. Olympic men's hockey team doesn't have any former University of Wisconsin players on the roster, but four former Badgers players are on the American women's hockey squad.

Forward Alex Carpenter and defenseman Megan Bozek are 2014 silver medalists who did not make the cut from the national team that had been training since September in Florida.

Team USA began pre-Olympic play on October 22, going 5-1 out of the gate before losing four straight games -two decided in overtime - to perennial rival Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion. "(We have) some younger, college guys, which I'm sure will bring a lot of skill and energy, then proven AHL players that can produce, as well. They also face a stiff challenge on February 17 from an unknown collection of Russians, who will play under the Olympic flag.

There could have been 10 from UW in the Olympics, but forward Annie Pankowski, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, was cut from the USA team in December. Canada has won the last four gold medals.

Lamoureux-Morando, whose 10 points in 2010 is tied for second place among US players for a single Olympic tournament, is listed as a defenseman but has played as both a forward and a defensemen during Team USA's current pre-Olympic schedule.

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While teams representing the United States have been a "who's who" of hockey in recent years, the 2018 roster will feature a roster of "who's that?" more than anything.

The team is led by general manager Reagan Carey with head coach Robb Stauber, associate head coach Brett Strot and assistant coach Paul Mara.

Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the women's team. Bob Johnson went on sabbatical in the 1975-76 college hockey season to coach the U.S.to a fifth-place finish and took three UW players - Steve Alley, Bob Lundeen and John Taft - along with assistant coach Grant Standbrook with him.

However, neighbours Canada have been given the number one seeding.

The women's Olympic team will be looking to secure their first title since their Olympic debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, whilst the men will be hoping to simply finish on the podium after failing to do so at Sochi 2014. Nicole Hensley has played on the last two world championship teams, and Maddie Rooney picked up a game of experience at the 2017 world championships.

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