Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Freshman Melissa Samoskevich Named to 2015 United States Women's National U-22 Select Team

Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Freshman Melissa Samoskevich Named to 2015 United States Women's National U-22 Select Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) has been named to the 2015 United States Women's National U-22 Select Team, as announced by USA Hockey on Monday, August 17.

"It's always an honor to represent the United States by doing something I love to do," Samoskevich said. "Training with all of the older girls this week really showed me what it really takes to make it to the top."

The 22 members of the United States U-22 Select Team will face Canada in a three-game series in Lake Placid, New York from Aug. 19-22 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. First-year Quinnipiac women's ice hockey assistant coach Amanda Mazzotta is the goaltender coach for Canada's National Development team.

"I've been on the opposing side of Melissa's last two opportunities on the international stage and have seen the pride in how she competes for her country," Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Cassandra Turner said. "She will no doubt continue to do great things. We're really excited for her and wish her the best of luck."

Samoskevich was named to the United States U-22 Select Team after training at the National Festival from Aug. 11-16 in Lake Placid. It is the second straight year in which a Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player has been named to the U-22 Select Team, after Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Michigan) was named to the team for last year's series.

Practices are slated to begin on August 18 with the U-22 team on the ice from 10-11:30 A.M. followed by mixed practice with the U.S. U-18 team from 6:20 to 8:05 P.M. that night. The first game of the three-game series is on August 19 at 6 P.M. followed by a day off on August 20. The U-22 team will face Canada at 3 P.M. on August 21 before wrapping up the series on August 22 at 6 P.M. All games will be played in the 1980 rink at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

Samoskevich is the youngest player named to the U.S. Women's National U-22 Select roster and is the only player on the team that did not play college hockey during the 2014-15 season, as she was a senior at Shattuck-St. Mary's.

Last year with Shattuck-St. Mary's, Samoskevich dominated her way to 56 goals and 38 assists for 94 points in just 50 games with the Sabres. She was named the USA Today All-USA Girls' Hockey Player of the Year.

Samoskevich has an extensive history with USA Hockey, most recently competing with the U.S. Women's National U-18 team at the IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships in Buffalo, New York in January. The United States won the gold medal and Samoskevich was named the top U.S. player of the tournament. Samoskevich scored a tournament-high six goals and was tied for the second-most points with eight in five games played.

The U.S. Women's National U-22 Select Team consists of 2014 Olympian and 2015 Patty Kazmaier award winner Alex Carpenter from Boston College and the University of Minnesota's Lee Stecklein. Including Carpenter and Stecklein, eight players from the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championships roster will compete on the U-22 Select Team. Minnesota's Hannah Brandt and Dani Cameranesi, Boston College's Megan Keller, Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno and Wisconsin's Annie Pankowski join Stecklein and Carpenter on the roster. In total, Minnesota leads all collegiate teams with six players selected while Boston College had five, Wisconsin and North Dakota three, Harvard two, and Northeastern, Lindenwood and Quinnipiac each had one player selected.

The United States and Canada have played this three game series annually since the 1999 season, where the U.S. is 4-7 all-time in the series. The United States has swept the last two series to pick up a six-game winning streak against Canada in the U-22 Select Series.