Team USA Update: Women's National Team Looks Ahead to Canada on Wednesday
Chu and Team USA (2-0) will square off with Team Canada on Wednesday, a possible preview of the 2014 gold medal game.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After two thorough wins to start the Olympics, the United States Olympic Women's Hockey Team, led by head coach Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is gearing up for a showdown with Team Canada at 7:30 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday.
In its first outing of the 2014 Games, the U.S. captured a gritty 3-1 win over Team Finland, who boasts one of the premier goaltenders on the women's side in the Olympics, Noora Raty. Two days later, the U.S. skated past Switzerland, 9-0, setting an Olympic record in the process. Team USA scored five goals in a mere 6:22 to open the first period in the second preliminary round game, setting the mark for fastest three goals in succession (55 seconds) and fastest ever to score five goals (6:22).
A pair of Crimson logged points during the scorefest as Julie Chu '06-07 assisted on Hillary Knight's goal to put the U.S. up 4-0 in the first frame. Starting alongside fellow Harvard teammate Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci handed out an assist on Team USA's final goal of the day, helping out Alex Carpenter cap off the American barrage.
Up next, the Red, White and Blue is set for a head-to-head with main rival, and neighbor to the north, Canada. The two nemeses, which are predicted to face each other in the gold medal round, will face off in the third preliminary round with a shot at the top-seed on the line. Both sides enter the Wednesday battle with 2-0 records in Sochi.
Following the third preliminary round, the eight-team tournament turns to the Quarterfinals, which will likely see the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Russia vie for the gold medal round after classifications. Be sure to check in with Harvard in Sochi for all the latest news and updates.