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Team USA, Vaughan Clinch Semifinal Bid Despite Falling to Canada


Senior goaltender Katie Vaughan and Team USA lost a battle on Sunday afternoon at the World University Games in Pergine, Italy, but survived to fight another day. Despite a 9-1 setback at the hands of Team Canada that dropped the U.S. to 2-2-0 in the preliminary round, other results ensured that the Americans will participate in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

Advancement was secured from a somewhat unlikely source: a matchup between Great Britain and Spain early Sunday morning. Saffron Allen scored to win the game for the British by a 2-1 score, but more importantly, the goal came in overtime. Under the tournament rules, overtime wins are only worth two points instead of the three awarded for regulation victory. Therefore, the Spain-Great Britain contest requiring more than 60 minutes ensured that neither team would be able to earn more than five points during the round robin stage - fewer than the six already in Team USA's possession.

Several hours later, Vaughan made 27 saves, but the 2009 and 2011 gold-medal-winning Canada squad got nine past her to take the win. The offense came courtesy of eight different scorers, with Josianne Legault connecting twice. A third period power play goal by Cassie Catlow (Rhode Island) was the Americans' lone tally, but also the first allowed in the tournament by the maple leaf-bearing squad, which is made up of players from Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The defeat against Canada came after a pair of games in which Vaughan backed up UMass' Chelsea Corell in net. The first, on Thursday, saw Team USA hang on to beat Great Britain 2-1. Amanda Abromson (Massachusetts) and Ramey Weaver (Robert Morris) both scored in the first period, with former Penn State Lady Icer Paige Harrington (Massachusetts) assisting on Weaver's power play marker, to give the U.S. just enough offense. Samantha Bolwell made 60 saves for the British side to keep the score tight, and Allen's score with 14:30 remaining in the contest legitimized the upset bid down the stretch.

Japan beat the U.S. 2-0 the next day to hand the Americans a first loss in the round robin stage. Mai Morii scored the decisive goal with 5:27 remaining in the first period by intercepting at the line on a Team USA power play and taking it the distance, while Mayu Iwasaki delivered late insurance.

For the remainder of the round robin, seeding will be the primary concern. Vaughan and her teammates close out that segment of the WUG on Monday against Spain in search of three more points. Other games that day include Canada against Japan in a battle of first and second place, as well as the Russians taking on Great Britain. The semifinals are then scheduled for Wednesday, with the gold and bronze medal matches on Friday.

 
Team
GPWOTWOTLL+/-GF:GAPts.
1
Canada
4
4
0
0
0
+47
48:1
12
2
Japan
4
3
0
0
1
+13
19:6
9
3
United States
4
2
0
0
2
-7
7:14
6
4
Russia
4
2
0
0
2
+11
22:11
6
5
Great Britain
4
0
1
0
3
-22
4:26
2
6
Spain
4
0
0
1
3
-42
2:44
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)
1
20:00
4
0
4
1.000
0.00
0
3
Chelsea Corell (USA)
2
118:14
46
3
43
0.935
1.52
0
4
E. Rousseau-Sirois (CAN)
2
120:00
12
1
11
0.917
0.50
1
5
Samantha Bolwell (GBR)
3
180:48
135
13
122
0.910
4.31
0
6
Anna Prugova (RUS)
4
220:00
112
11
101
0.902
3.00
0
7
Yae Unosawa (JPN)
3
96:14
19
2
17
0.895
1.25
0
8
Hazuki Maeda (JPN)
4
143:46
33
4
29
0.879
1.67
1
9
Nicole Jackson (GBR)
1
60:00
94
13
81
0.862
13.00
0
10
Katie Vaughan (USA)
2
120:00
71
11
60
0.845
5.50
0
11
C. A. Martin-Calero (ESP)
4
227:22
218
38
180
0.826
10.03
0
12
O. Tedone Linde (ESP)
2
13:26
15
6
9
0.600
26.80
0