Katey Stone led Team USA to its third-straight IIHF World Championship Monday (Photo Courtesy: Harvard Women's Hockey).
ZURICH, Switzerland – Led by Harvard head coach Katey Stone, and four current and former Harvard players, the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team captured the gold medal at the IIHF World Women's Championship with a thrilling, 3-2, overtime victory over Canada Monday at Hallenstadion. The victory marks the third-straight IIHF World Women's Championship title for Team USA and fourth in the history of the tournament.
Current Harvard sophomore Josephine Pucci earned her first IIHF title as member of Team USA while former Harvard standouts Caitlin Cahow '07-08, Angela Ruggiero '02-04 and Julie Chu '06-07 tallied their third-straight title with the team. Pucci finished the tournament with one goal while Chu amassed seven points (1-6-7), Cahow had five (1-4-5) and Ruggiero tallied two (2-0-2) in five games played.
Stone led the United States through pool play easily, as the Americans allowed just two goals in three games while scoring 27. The 5-1 win over Russia earned the squad a berth in the gold-medal game, and Canada downed Finland, 4-1, to earn its way into the championship contest. The U.S. and Canada split exhibition matchups in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 7-8 which served as a pre-tournament warmup.
The last time the two teams met in international competition was at the 2010 Four Nations Cup in St. John's, N.L. in November, with the Canadians capturing a 3-2 overtime victory. Canada owns nine IIHF world titles, while the U.S. earned its fourth overall with the win Monday evening.
For more information about Team USA's victory, visit the USA Hockey website here.