Stone, Pucci Lead Team USA to Opening Win at IIHF World Championships

Josephine Pucci scored her first goal as a member of Team USA Sunday against Slovakia (Gil Talbot).

Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach of Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, coached Team USA to a 5-0 win over Slovakia Sunday in the squad’s opening game at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Championship. Current Harvard sophomore Josephine Pucci scored the second goal of the game, her first as a member of the National Team.

Pucci’s goal came at the 8:18 mark of the second period on a one-timer from the slot. Three players from the University of Wisconsin tallied a goal each in the final period to secure the 5-0 win for the United States in the first game of preliminary play.

While Pucci is the only member of Team USA currently on the Harvard roster, three other members of the U.S. squad are former Crimson athletes. Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 is the most experienced member of the group as she is competing in her 10th IIHF World Championship tournament and Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 joins Ruggiero and Pucci on defense in her fourth IIHF World Championship event. Julie Chu ’06-07 is a forward on the U.S. roster and is playing on her seventh World Championship team.

The U.S. faces Russia tomorrow in the second game of preliminary round action.

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