April 9, 2007

Resor, Witt Aim for Gold with Team USA Tuesday

April 9, 2007

WINNIPEG, Man. - With a 4-0 win over Finland Sunday, Team USA -- including Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and coach Hilary Witt -- has advanced to the gold-medal game at the IIHF Women's Hockey World Championship, slated for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Central at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Americans will take on the winner of Monday night's game between Canada and Finland.

The U.S. and Canada have met in each of the previous nine gold-medal games at the World Championship, with Team USA winning its first title the last time the event was held (2005). The World Championship is held in all non-Olympic years.

The tournament opened with the nine teams divided into groups of three. Team USA started with a 9-0 win over Kazakhstan and a 9-1 win over China in the preliminary round before falling to Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the first game of the qualifying round Saturday. The win over Finland Sunday assured the U.S. of a spot in the gold-medal game.

Resor has two assists and a +5 rating in four games. In the Olympics last year she tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the U.S. team at +10.

Witt, Yale's head coach, is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA. Wisconsin's Mark Johnson is the head coach.

Yale's other Olympian, freshman forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany), also played at the World Championship. Soesilo and Team Germany fell to Switzerland 1-0 in the first game of the preliminary round, and an 8-0 loss to Canada then left the Germans in the relegation round. There, Germany opened with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan before falling to Russia 4-1 Monday afternoon.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity