Stone Leads U.S. Women’s National Team to Four Nations Cup Title

Katey Stone led Team USA to its first Four Nations Cup title since 2008 (Photo Courtesy: USA Hockey).

NYKOPING, Sweden –
After compiling a 2-1 record through the opening round, the U.S. Women’s National team, coached by Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, edged Canada in a shootout to clinch the 2011 Four Nations Cup Sunday. It was the United States’ first Four Nations title since 2008, as the red, white and blue kept Canada from claiming its third-straight championship.      

Current Harvard players Jillian Dempsey, Josephine Pucci and Michelle Picard, along with former stars Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 and Julie Chu ’06-07, helped team USA clinch the title. Chu and Cahow both netted a goal apiece over the course of the tournament, while Dempsey picked up an assist. It was Pucci’s second Four Nations experience while the 2011 tournament was the first for Dempsey and Picard. Christina Kessler ’10 earned a silver medal as a part of Team Canada’s roster.

The U.S. team started its title run with an 8-0 blanking of host Sweden Nov. 9. The preliminary-round matchup with Canada was Team USA’s lone slipup, as the Canadians skated to a 3-1 win Nov. 10. The U.S. earned a spot in the championship game thanks to a 10-0 silencing of Finland Nov. 12 and a 4-3 (2-1) shootout victory in the rematch with Canada gave the U.S. the title.

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