ERZURUM, Turkey – The U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Slovakia, 5-1, here today in its opening game of the 2011 Winter World University Games. Samantha Redick (Anchorage, Alaska/Lindenwood University) scored for the U.S., which is competing in the women's tournament for the first time.
"It's pretty exciting for all of us to be a part of the first U.S. women's team at this event and represent our country," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the U.S. Women's National University Team. "It is a tough loss for the first outing, but we have a chance to bounce back with a game again tomorrow against the host country."
Slovakia took a 3-0 lead early in the second period, before the U.S. responded with a goal at the 10:20 mark of the middle frame. Ashley Rumsey (West Olive, Mich./Grand Valley State University) sent a pass to Redick, who fired a shot past Slovakia goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova for Team USA's first goal of the tournament.
Slovakia added two more goals in the third period to seal the victory, 5-1.
Goaltender Heather Rossi (Effort, Pa./Penn State University) made 18 saves for the U.S. in the loss.
Team USA will next face host Turkey tomorrow (Jan. 28) at 4 a.m. EST.
NOTES: The 2011 Winter World University Games marks the first time the U.S. is sending a women's team after women's ice hockey was added to the tournament in 2009. During the Games, Team USA will face all five other countries participating in women's ice hockey at the tournament - Slovakia, Turkey, Finland, Canada and Great Britain - in the preliminary round ... The 22-player U.S. Women's National University Team was selected following the USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp, which ran from Aug. 6-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The team is comprised of players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The complete U.S. roster can be found here, and information on the schools and states represented can be found here ... Mo Stroemel, who is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State University Lady Icers, is serving as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team, while Vince O'Mara, head coach of the Lindenwood University women's ice hockey team, and Cory Whitaker, head coach of the Grand Valley State University women's ice hockey team, are serving as assistant coaches ... The Winter World University Games is a biannual multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The international competition is staged in both the summer and the winter, similar to the Olympic Games. For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.
TEAM USA COVERAGE
USA Hockey coverage of the U.S. Men's and Women's National University Teams throughout the 2011 Winter World University Games can be found on the tournament homepage; on USA Hockey's Facebook page; and by following #WUG on Twitter.
Scoring By Period
Second Period - Scoring: 3, SVK, Velickova (Dzurnakova), 0:48; 4, USA, Redick (Rumsey), 10:20. Penalties: SVK, Krajnakova (body-checking), 4:56; USA, Arcibal (hooking), 11:37; USA, Rumsey (body-checking), 19:06.
Third Period - Scoring: 5, SVK, Culikova (Pravilkova, Gapova), 0:42 (pp); 6, SVK, Gapova (Culikova, Velickova), 19:36 (pp). Penalties: USA, Crawford (tripping), 0:09; USA, Young (tripping), 1:09; USA, Arcibal (cross-checking), 5:24; USA, Reihl (holding), 8:05; SVK, Bernatova (hooking), 12:31; USA, Hoium (tripping), 18:33.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day