Brooke White was one of two original Minnesota Whitecaps team members selected to join Team USA, playing in the Canadian international games referred to as the Battle of the Borders, against Team Canada. The combination of the Minnesota Whitecaps and Team USA Selects brought end-to-end action from the best American Women’s hockey, outside of the Olympics. Traditionally, Team USA Select players are showcased on their way to the Olympics.
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Chisago Lakes was host to the first scrimmage of the season between the Minnesota Whitecaps and the U.S. Women’s National team. The teams paired- up in a packed house with girls’ youth and high school teams from Chisago Lakes, St. Francis, Eden Prairie and St. Paul. Both teams donned their team’s home and away jerseys as the teams were split between White and Dark teams. This way, the most competitive groups of players were on the ice, giving the level of play an even higher boost.
Prior to the game, U.S. National Team/ Whitecaps player Brooke White-Lancette and several other players provided a clinic to the U8 group from the club. Those U8 girls were glued to the glass when the warm-ups ended and the National Anthem played.
The pace of the game did not change from the time the puck dropped. It was fast-paced with close to 20 shots taken on both goalies by the end of the scoreless first period. In the second period, the game became more of a defensive game, ending with 15 shots on each net.
Not even a minute passed when the USA/Whitecaps Dark team’s Whitecaps Maggie Fisher sliced one in off a pass from forward Brooke White-Lancette, giving the USA/ Whitecaps Dark team the game-winning goal to end the game with a score of 2-1. Shots were about even for the third period, ending the game with 32 shots for the White team and 41 for the Dark team.
Following the game, the Chisago Lakes Club hosted the players to a meal as the players from both the U.S. National Team and Minnesota Whitecaps met a long line of fans waiting to meet the players and get autographs.
The Minnesota Whitecaps and the U.S. National Team would like to extend a big thank you to the Chisago Lakes Club and Chisago Lakes Youth Hockey Association for providing the great sponsorship, fan support and meals after the game.
Brooke White scored the game-winning goal for USA/Whitecaps Dark in a 2-1 victory.
Brooke launched her professional hockey career as a co-founding player of the Minnesota Whitecaps, the only U.S. semi-professional women’s hockey team in the WWHL, and since the inaugural season, Brooke has played over 230 games with the Whitecaps. This past season, the Whitecaps captured the coveted 2009 WWHL championship. The Minnesota Whitecaps then faced-off against Montreal, the NWHL league champions, to battle for the inaugural Clarkson Cup title. Minnesota finished second in the Clarkson Cup Canadian challenge.
Read the full feature about Brooke on WomenTalkSports.com HERE