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U.S. Women's National University Team Defeats Spain, 8-0

12/16/2013, 4:45pm MST
By USAHockey.com

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.

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“Body contact is sometimes an under-taught skill, but there’s so much value in teaching it, both in terms of helping young players become more successful and also in terms of injury prevention,” said Grillo. “It was great to team up with the Rhode Island coaches and offer a learning opportunity that’ll pay dividends for these kids throughout their hockey careers.”

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“The initial idea came from a parent asking if we offer any checking-specific training for players transitioning from 12U to 14U,” said Bob Larence, president of Rhode Island Hockey.

There’s a component of body-contact training that happens at every level, from cross-ice 8U to small-area battle drills for older players, but the idea of a body checking-specific teaching event for tweens and teens seemed a beneficial complement to that team-level training, so Rhody ran with it.

“We all thought it was a great idea, and ultimately, it became a great collaboration with Rhode Island Hockey, USA Hockey and the local colleges – Providence, URI and Brown,” said Larence.

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