ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

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Stone Leads Team USA, Four Harvard Women's Hockey Skaters to Silver Medal

Katey Stone led Team USA to the silver medal after a hard-fought game against Canada on Thursday (Photo: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images)

SOCHI – After one of the more electrifying gold medal games the Olympics can offer, the Harvard contingent on the United States Olympic Women's Hockey team – made up of the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey Katey Stone, alumna Julie Chu '06-07 and current skaters Lyndsey Fry, Michelle Picard and Josephine Pucci – will bring home the silver medal from the 2014 Games.

Before this year's Olympics, Stone became the first-ever female to lead a U.S. national hockey team, but she has taken it one step further to become the first female to lead the Red, White and Blue to a medal on the ice. Stone, the NCAA's all-time winningest women's ice hockey coach, led the U.S. to its third silver and fifth Olympic medal overall.

The Games concluded for the current and former members of the Harvard women's hockey team and Team USA in a brilliant showing against Canada. After a deadlocked first period, the U.S. drew first blood midway through the second period. Chu positioned herself perfectly near the crease to allow Meghan Duggan to fire a high shot into the top right corner, putting the Americans up 1-0.

Team USA extended its lead to 2-0 early in the third after Alex Carpenter lifted the Red, White and Blue up a peg with a tap-in power play goal. However, Canada notched the first of its two third-period goals at the 16:34 mark. Brianne Jenner put a shot on target, but the puck deflected off a U.S. skater right past Jessie Vetter for the score.

With her team's goalie pulled, Canada's Marie Philip-Poulin netted the game-tying goal with just 55 seconds of clock left to force a full 20-minute, sudden death overtime with the gold on the line. Poulin and the Canadians took advantage of a precarious and lengthy 5-on-3 power play in the extra period, sending in the clinching goal to hand the U.S. the silver medal.

With the women's hockey tournament concluded, all of Harvard's representatives in the 2014 Games have completed competition.