PERGINE, Italy - Amanda Abromson (Braintree, Mass./University of Massachusetts) and Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University) scored first-period goals and goaltender Chelsea Corell (Plainsboro, N.J./University of Massachusetts) made 13 saves to help the U.S. Women's National University Team defeat Great Britain, 2-1, in the second preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.
"We're happy with the win," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "The Great Britain team did a great job, particularity the goaltender. The challenge now will be preparing for a very strong Japanese team."
The United States started strong and outshot Great Britain, 28-4, in the opening frame. The offensive pressure paid off, as Abromson tallied an unassisted marker at 10:20 to give Team USA a 1-0 lead. Then, 3:20 later, Weaver scored the eventual game-winning goal when she and Paige Harrington (Mansfield, Mass./University of Massachusetts) teamed up for a power-play marker.
The score stayed the same until Great Britain's Saffron Fern Allen found the back of the net 5:20 into the final stanza to cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, but the United States was able to keep Great Britain from knotting the score.
Team USA set the team record for shots on goal in a single game with 62 while only allowing Great Britain to put 14 pucks on net in the contest.
The U.S. squad, which sealed its first-ever 2-0 start in the tournament with the win, was one-for-five on the power play and killed off the lone Great Britain man-advantage it faced.
The U.S. Women's National University Team will resume play in the 2013 Winter World University Games tomorrow (Dec. 13) when it squares off with Japan at 2 p.m. ET.