Katey Stone and Team USA will take on Switzerland in the
semifinals (Photo Courtesy: USA Hockey).
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, along with a quartet of current and former Harvard players, have helped the U.S. Women’s National Team advance to semifinals of the IIHF Women’s World Championship. Current players Jillian Dempsey, Josephine Pucci and Michelle Picard and former star Julie Chu ’06-07 are on the Team USA roster.
A strong showing in the opening round helped Team USA claim the top spot heading into the knockout stage of the tournament. The U.S. kicked off its tournament against its archrival Canada and the Red, White and Blue made a statement, downing the Canadians, 9-2. Chu and Pucci both notched a goal in the contest and Pucci finished the game with a +2 rating.
The USA was firmly in control in a 9-0 win over Russia in its second game of the tournament and Pucci scored her second goal of the tournament while Picard finished +2 in an 11-0 rout of Finland. The trio of wins allowed Team USA to be the only team to emerge from pool play undefeated.
The semifinals begin Friday when the U.S. squad takes on Switzerland in a 7 p.m., game at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The winner will advance to the tournament final where it will face the winner of the Canada-Finland matchup.
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