Big Red Dominate Canada Under-22 Selections

Big Red Dominate Canada Under-22 Selections

ITHACA, N.Y. -- An amazing eight members of the Cornell women's hockey team have been named to the 22-player roster of the Canadian U22 National Team, announced on Sunday by Hockey Canada head coach Jim Fetter. The octet will represent their home nation in a three-game series against the United States U22 Select team on August 18, 19 and 21 in Toronto, Ontario.

Headlining the group of players selected to represent Canada is Rebecca Johnston, who played two years at Cornell before taking the 2009-10 season off to play for the Canadian National Team at the Vancouver Olympics. Joining her is another player who was centralized with the National Team but released just prior to the Olympics in fellow forward Brianne Jenner. Johnston will be a junior in 2010-11, while Jenner will be beginning her first season at Cornell.

Making a return to the team after competing last year with the U22 National Team are defensemen Laura Fortino and Laurianne Rougeau and forward Catherine White. The trio won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany, last January. Rougeau and Fortino will be sophomores this season at Cornell, with White, the reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, entering her junior season.

Also joining the roster is forward Jessica Campbell, who played on the Canadian U18 National Team last year, winning a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in Chicago, Ill. Campbell will be a freshman with the Big Red in 2010-11.

The final two representatives from Cornell are both rising juniors with goaltender Amanda Mazzotta and forward Chelsea Karpenko. Mazzotta will share the netminding duties with Providence goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, while Karpenko returns to the national team side after missing out on the MLP Cup last season.

Hockey Canada will release the full roster for the MLP Cup in December, depending on the progress of players during their seasons.