Team USA Bows to Canada, 5-4 in Overtime, In IIHF Women’s World Championship Title Game

Josephine Pucci led all Harvard players with 3-3-6 points in the tournament (Photo Courtesy: USA Hockey).

Team USA, led by Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, went to overtime with archrival Canada in the title game of the IIHF Women’s World Championship, but the Canadians netted the game-winner just 2:57 into the extra period to claim the tournament title Saturday night. Current players Jillian Dempsey, Josephine Pucci and Michelle Picard and former star Julie Chu ’06-07 helped the U.S. claim the silver medal at the event.   

Pucci led all Harvard representatives with six points on three goals and three helpers in the tournament while Chu posted three points on two goals and one assist and Picard registered an assist in three games played. The loss breaks a streak of three-straight championships for the U.S. Women’s National Team and gives Canada its 10th tournament title.

During the second intermission of the gold-medal game, USA Hockey announced the first six members of its newly formed 200 Club. Chu and Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 joined Natalie Darwitz, Cammi Granato, Katie King and Jenny Potter as inaugural members of the club, which recognizes players that have played at least 200 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian, holds the all-time record for games played with Team USA at 256.