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Bronzed Forever: Vaughan Stifles Japan, U.S. Wins First Medal Since 1972


Senior goaltender Katie Vaughan stopped 37 of the 38 shots she faced - including 31 in a row over the final 40 minutes - to lead Team USA to a historic World University Games bronze medal through a 3-1 win over Japan Friday morning in Pergine, Italy.

By medaling, Team USA became just the second American squad to finish on a WUG podium, joining the 1972 men's team that also won bronze in Lake Placid, NY. The ACHA began stocking the rosters of the United States men's entries in 2001, with the women joining in 2011, making this year's women the first group of ACHAers to medal.

"We couldn't be happier with how this group represented their country during this tournament, both on and off the ice," head coach Mo Stroemel told USAHockey.com. "This is a moment none of us will forget. We are extremely happy to bring a medal home to the United States."

That outcome was far from assured for most of the third-place game.

Team USA quickly shook off the hangover of a shattering shootout loss to Russia in Wednesday's semifinals, peppering Japan goalie Hazuki Maeda with 13 first-period shots. Maeda and a stout Japanese defense managed to shut out the U.S. when the teams met in the preliminary round, but Monica Korzon (Michigan) put an end to any thought of a repeat when she slammed home a pass from Ramey Weaver (Robert Morris) in front for a 1-0 lead 2:57 from the first intermission.

Against Russia, the Americans were burned twice by late-period goals that unexpectedly tied the score heading to the locker rooms, and the trend appeared again on Friday when Rio Sakamoto scored on a high-low backdoor feed from Sato Kikuchi with just 11 seconds left. Vaughan and the team rallied from the potentially deflating goal in the best way possible: by not allowing another one.

After a relatively light workload in the opening period, Vaughan was tested with great frequency from that point forward, and her 16 middle-frame saves were vital to keeping the match tied. Katie Augustine (Miami) made the effort pay off early in the third when she got the puck over the line during a goal-mouth scramble, with assists going to Hayley Williams (Robert Morris) and Morgan McGrath (Miami).

The relentless Japanese attack continued for the remainder of the game, but Vaughan kept the door closed during an often-frantic closing 17 minutes. Arguably, her most spectacular saves came with roughly six minutes remaining during a couple of rapid-fire shots that forced her to traverse the crease right to left while managing to get a glove to the ticketed follow-up attempt. A crucial stop using the left pad with 35 seconds to go also ranked among Vaughan's finer efforts.

Williams finally ended the drama by depositing into an empty Japan net three seconds from the horn to build the final margin.

Vaughan's outing closed an outstanding tournament for the Pittsburgh native, which was also highlighted by 66 saves in two games against a Russia team that won silver medals following a 5-0 defeat to Canada Friday afternoon in the WUG final. Fortunately for Penn State, her focus will now turn to enhancing her hardware collection back at home, beginning with the WIHC's semester-opening series at West Chester on January 18th and 19th.

Date
Game
HomeAwayTime (ET)
December 18
Semifinal 1
Russia (3)
United States (2)
10:00 a.m.
December 18
Semifinal 2
Canada (15)
Japan (0)
2:00 p.m.
December 19
Fifth Place
Great Britain (3)
Spain (1)
10:00 a.m.
December 20
Bronze Medal
 United States (3)
Japan (1)
10:00 a.m.
December 20
Gold Medal
Canada (5)
Russia (0)
2:00 p.m.

 
Team
GPWOTWOTLL+/-GF:GAPts.
1
Canada
5
5
0
0
0
+55
57:2
15
2
Russia
5
3
0
0
2
+23
35:12
9
3
United States
5
3
0
0
2
+1
15:14
9
4
Japan
5
3
0
0
2
+5
20:15
9
5
Great Britain
5
0
1
0
4
-34
5:39
2
6
Spain
5
0
0
1
4
-50
2:52
1

 
Name (Team)
GPMin.SAGASvs.Sv%GAASO
1
Kelly Campbell (CAN)
4
240:00
31
0
31
1.000
0.00
4
2
V. Ostrovlyanchik (RUS)
2
60:00
9
0
9
1.000
0.00
0
3
Chelsea Corell (USA)
3
178:14
60
3
57
0.950
1.01
1
4
Samantha Bolwell (GBR)
3
180:48
135
13
122
0.910
4.31
0
5
E. Rousseau-Sirois (CAN)
3
180:00
21
2
19
0.905
0.67
1
6
Anna Prugova (RUS)
7
365:00
193
19
174
0.902
3.12
0
7
Katie Vaughan (USA)
4
245:00
145
15
130
0.897
3.67
0
8
Nicole Jackson (GBR)
3
180:00
201
27
174
0.866
9.00
0
9
Hazuki Maeda (JPN)
7
273:03
125
17
108
0.864
3.74
1
10
C. A. Martin-Calero (ESP)
6
345:45
318
48
270
0.849
8.33
0
11
Yae Unosawa (JPN)
5
145:55
60
15
45
0.750
6.17
0
12
O. Tedone Linde (ESP)
3
15:03
17
7
10
0.588
27.91
0