April 9, 2005
Yale freshman defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and Team USA won gold this afternoon in Linköping, Sweden, topping Team Canada 1-0 in the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship. This was the first time in the tournament's nine-year history that any team other than Canada has won.
After a scoreless regulation and overtime, the game came down to a shootout - with Resor one of five shooters picked by head coach Ben Smith. Shooting first, the Americans got goals from Natalie Darwitz and Angela Ruggiero to take a 2-1 lead into the third round, when Resor and Canada's Jayna Hefford came up empty. Krissy Wendell then tallied to give Team USA a 3-1 lead and goaltender Chanda Gunn (26 saves) denied Canada's Caroline Ouelette to seal the historic victory.
Resor, the second-youngest player on the roster, played in all five of Team USA's games. That included an 8-2 win over China, a 7-0 win over Germany and an 8-1 win over Finland during round-robin play. She had an assist on a power-play goal by Molly Engstrom in the 4-1 semifinal win over Sweden that earned Team USA a spot in the finals. Overall, she was +4 for the tournament.
The U.S. roster featured several players who have competed in the Olympics and provides a preview of what the U.S. roster might look like for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, next February. Resor, who was on the U.S. U-22 team last year, is the third Bulldog to play for the U.S. national team, joining Laurie Belliveau '98 (1999) and Maria Dennis '88 (1990). Yale head coach Hilary Witt (Canton, Mass.), a Northeastern grad, was on the team in 2000-01.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity