Monique Lamoureux said that when players head to practice, they often say the line, “Off to tryouts today.”
That’s essentially what the last five months have been for these players.
There are only three games left to make an impression and the first one is at 7 p.m. tonight in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The U.S. has two cuts left to make and coach Katey Stone was not tipping her hand during interviews Thursday. She very well may not know yet.
There are 12 forwards and 8 defensemen left on the roster. Logic would tell you that the final two cuts will be defensemen. That’s especially the case when you consider that the U.S. only has 11 healthy forwards right now with Amanda Kessel being out with injury.
If there’s a pinch, the Americans have a couple of players who are capable of playing two positions. Forwards Julie Chu and Monique Lamoureux have played defense before. And defenseman Gigi Marvin played forward most of her career, including at the 2010 Olympic Games. Read about Marvin in this story.
The Lamoureux twins are expected to play on a line with former Badger standout Meghan Duggan in tonight’s game.
It will be interesting to see how the U.S. manages the eight defensemen, as well as playing one forward short.
Come back around 6:45 p.m. tonight and I’ll probably fire up a live chat for anyone that wants to join. Also, the game will be nationally televised in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network and in Canada on TSN2.