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November 11, 2012

Harvard's Stone Leads Team USA to Gold at Four Nations Cup in Finland

Courtesy of Harvard Athletics Communications

VANTAA, Finland. -- The USA Women's National Hockey Team, coached by Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, captured gold at this weekend's Four Nations Cup tournament held in Vantaa, Finland. Stone had three Crimson skaters in red, white and blue on the ice including current players Lyndsey Fry and Michelle Picard and Harvard graduate Julie Chu '06-07.

"I'm very happy as to how our team came together this week," Stone told USA Hockey. "We played tough, we played smart, we made some adjustments, we had great goaltending, and we played strong (defensively). I'm happy and proud of how (we) played."

The team played a round-robin tournament against the other three teams to determine the squads that advanced to the gold and bronze medal games.

Team USA started the preliminary round with a shutout of Sweden, 4-0, before dropping a 3-1 decision to rival Canada. At 1-1, the United States was matched up against Finland in the last pool-play game with a spot in the championship on the line. The Red, White and Blue dominated Finland, 15-1, to convincingly move on to the title contest.

Fry scored her first international goal, one that would prove to be the game-winner, in the 15-1 rout. She also added two assists in the game to total three points. Chu, a veteran of 11 Four Nation Cups and three Olympic Games, found the back of the net in the first period that saw Team USA jump to a 7-0 lead.

Picard, a defenseman playing in her second Four Nations Cup, assisted on a third-period goal against Finland as well.

Team USA's 2-1 mark was enough to get the Red, White and Blue a second chance at Canada in the final.

Picard helped the United States grab a 1-0 lead in the first period of the gold medal match by being on the ice for a Kendall Coyne shorthanded tally.  Team USA added goals in each of the two remaining stanzas and Jessie Vetter stopped 26 shots to shutout Canada for a 3-0 win 

The Four Nations Cup championship was Team USA's fifth title and second in a row. Previously the Red, White and Blue had topped the Four Nations Cup in 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2011.

Team USA will come together again in late December for a training camp at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.