Jr. Ducks’ Petrie following in Barnes’ USA Hockey footsteps
Dominique Petrie moved one step closer to crossing off a goal in mid-August.
Petrie, who has played five seasons with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 2001 team, made the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team that won two of three exhibition games against Canada on Aug. 18-21 at Calgary. Petrie picked up an assist in the third game.
Former Jr. Duck and Lady Duck Cayla Barnes, a ’99 who has won gold at the past two U18 Women’s World Championships, captained the U18 Select Team. Barnes undoubtedly will make the World Championships team a third time, a feat that resonates with Petrie.
“I’ve written my goals down,” she said. “I want to make the U18 National team three times. Next, I want to play NCAA Division I hockey. Third, I want to play in the Olympics. Knowing what you want and going for it will help you get there.”
Petrie will be in good company if she accomplishes that. Barnes, a Boston College commit, joined Petrie at the U.S. Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., in early August. As did former Lady Duck Annie Pankowski, who captained the U22 team during its series in Calgary, where she had two goals and an assist.
That Petrie served notice in women’s hockey after playing boys hockey growing up (she will play on the Jr. Ducks Midget 15U AAA this season) doesn’t come as a surprise to her longtime coach Craig Johnson, also the club’s director of coaches.
“She wasn’t just a contributor, but a big contributor for us,” Johnson said. “Her big strength is her skating.
“She’s one of our hardest workers. She’s a pleasure to coach; she listens, applies what she learns and works hard. She’s a great person, too.”
Petrie, who was born in the Bay Area, has played boys hockey her entire career.
“I never struggled with the physicality or being a step behind,” she said. “I had good coaches and teammates.
“My development is due to playing with a good team these past five years and us playing against premier competition around the nation.”
– Chris Bayee