Taylor Wente, a senior at Maple Grove Senior High, added another award to her trophy case this weekend as a member of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship.
In the semifinal game against Russia on Jan. 13, Wente notched a goal and an assist to help lift Team USA to a 6-0 victory. A day later, Wente and the U.S. defeated Canada 3-1 in the gold medal match to claim their third consecutive title at the event. Wente is now a two-time world champion with Team USA after also playing on the winning 2016 team.
Wente is a member of the MGSH girls’ hockey team. As of Jan. 17, Maple Grove is ranked second in Class AA with a record of 14-3-0.
Wente has committed to play hockey for the University of Minnesota beginning in the 2017-2018 season.
PHOTO: Taylor Wente, center, celebrates with teammates after winning the gold medal at the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championships on Jan. 14 (photo courtesy of USA Hockey).