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Team USA Downs Spain 8-0, Will Meet Russia in WUG Semis Wednesday

UMass' Paige Harrington, a Penn State Lady Icer in 2011-12, and Team USA routed Spain Monday afternoon

Team USA will head into Wednesday's World University Games semifinals in extremely fine form after a dominant 8-0 win over Spain to close out the preliminary round Monday afternoon in Pergine, Italy. With the victory, the U.S. secured a 3-2-0 final group stage record, as well as the third seed of the remaining four medal contenders and a meeting with Russia.

Senior Penn State goaltender Katie Vaughan backed up Chelsea Corell in the contest, with the Massachusetts star picking up a 14-save shutout that proved vital in winning a tiebreaker with Japan to delay a possible date with two-time defending gold medalist Canada.

On the opposite end, offense came in a steady flow for the Americans against the Spanish side, thanks largely to a team-record 63 shots on goal and a four-point outing by Robert Morris' Ramey Weaver, the squad's captain and a 2011 World University Games veteran. Rhode Island's Cassie Catlow and Robert Morris' Hayley Williams got things started though, as each connected in the first period, with the latter strike coming 11 seconds into a power play with 2:41 remaining.

In the middle frame, Team USA's leading goal scorers came to the forefront. First up was Katie Augustine (Miami), who made it 3-0 with 3:08 elapsed. Ten minutes later and on the power play, Weaver - who also assisted on both first-period markers and now owns team bests of four goals and seven points - snaked through Spain's penalty kill herself and fired home a laser from a tight angle down the right side.

Another Weaver transitional effort opened a productive final 20 minutes, which also saw tallies by Staci Burlingame (Michigan State), Molly Sparks (Minnesota) and Monica Korzon (Michigan) to close out the gamesheet.

"We played a very solid team game tonight against our friends from Spain," head coach Mo Stroemel told USAHockey.com. "We're pleased to advance to the semifinals and look forward to playing Russia on Wednesday."

Next on the red, white and blue docket, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and preceding the second semifinal between Canada and Japan, is a Russian team that the U.S. defeated 4-2 on the opening day of WUG competition behind 33 Vaughan saves. The winners of the two semifinals will then meet to settle the awarding of the gold and silver medals on Friday afternoon, with the losers competing for bronze that morning.

Date
Game
HomeAwayTime (ET)
December 18
Semifinal 1
Russia
United States
10:00 a.m.
December 18
Semifinal 2
Canada
Japan
2:00 p.m.
December 19
Fifth Place
Great Britain
Spain
10:00 a.m.
December 20
Bronze Medal
 
 
10:00 a.m.
December 20
Gold Medal
 
 
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)
2
120:00
11
0
11
1.000
0.00
2
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)
5
240:00
116
12
104
0.897
3.00
0
7
Hazuki Maeda (JPN)
5
190:24
77
11
66
0.857
3.47
1
8
Yae Unosawa (JPN)
4
109:36
27
4
23
0.852
2.19
0
9
Katie Vaughan (USA)
2
120:00
71
11
60
0.845
5.50
0
10
Nicole Jackson (GBR)
2
120:00
167
26
141
0.844
13.00
0
11
C. A. Martin-Calero (ESP)
5
285:45
279
45
234
0.839
9.45
0
12
O. Tedone Linde (ESP)
3
15:03
17
7
10
0.588
27.91
0