PERGINE, Italy - Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University) had two goals and two assists, and goaltender Chelsea Corell (Plainsboro, N.J./University of Massachusetts) turned aside all 14 shots she faced to help the U.S. Women's National University Team defeat Spain, 8-0, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.
"We played a very solid team game tonight against our friends from Spain," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "We're pleased to advance to the semifinals and look forward to playing Russia on Wednesday."
Team USA started well in the opening frame and built a 2-0 lead before the first intermission.Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island) opened the scoring 14:47 into the contest when she connected with Caleigh LaBossiere (Acton, Mass./University of Massachusetts) and Weaver for an even-strength tally. The United States doubled its lead at 17:19 when Catlow set up Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) for a power-play goal. Weaver also recorded an assist on the play.
Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) found the back of the net just 3:08 into the second period to increase Team USA's lead to 3-0. Weaver then collected her third point of the game when she scored on a power play at 13:49, giving the U.S. a four-goal advantage entering the third period.
Weaver scored again 3:50 into the final stanza with help from Catlow, and then Staci Burlingame(St. Clair Shores, Mich./Michigan State University) and Molly Sparks (Eagan, Minn./University of Minnesota) recorded goals in a 22-second span to boost the U.S. advantage to 7-0. Monica Korzon(Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) found the back of the net at 19:16 to close the scoring.
The United States put a team-record 63 shots on net in the game.
The U.S. Women's National University Team will play Russia Wednesday (Dec. 18) in the semifinals of the 2013 Winter World University Games. Puck-drop is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Tag(s): World University Games