FUSSEN, Germany – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey associate head coach Cassie Turner helped guide the Canadian National Women's Under-22/Development Team to a gold medal victory, 8-3, over Russia at the MECO Cup in Fussen, Germany on Sunday Jan. 6. Turner landed a spot on Team Canada as an assistant coach and led a Canadian roster full of ECAC Hockey talent to the MECO Cup victory.
"We had a fantastic group of staff and players with us at the MECO Cup and it showed," Turner said. "In a short term event, it's so important that the players are focused and committed to details and that's exactly what we saw from the group. We improved over the course of our 4 games playing a highly skilled, fast style of play which proved to be the difference in the final."
This past summer, Hockey Canada named Coach Turner as assistant coach for Team's Canada's National Under 22/Development Team. In addition to serving as a coach during the selection camp, Turner was on the staff for the three-game series with the USA held in August 2012. She previously represented Canada as an assistant coach with the Under-18 National Team, earning a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship and three times as a player on the U-22 National Team from 2001-03, highlihted by a gold medal finish at the 2003 Air Canada Cup.
The 2013 MECO Cup was based in Fussen, Germany and featured six nations including Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Russia, Germany, and Sweden. The countries divided into two groups of three for preliminary round action as Canada was placed into Group B, also made up of Switzerland and Finland. The Canadian roster had a prevalent ECAC Hockey presence as 11 of the 22 players play for teams in Quinnipiac's conference.
Canada opened the tournament with an 8-1 victory over host Germany in an exhibition on Wednesday Jan. 2. Cornell's Brianne Jenner combined with Boston University's Marie Philip-Poulin for four of the team's eight goals on the afternoon. The Canadians picked up right where they left off the following day as they shutout Switzerland, 4-0, on Thursday Jan. 3 in preliminary round action. Boston University's Sarah Lefort scored twice in the first period to open the scoring and Cornell's Laura Fortino provided an insurance goal late to put Canada ahead four goals in the third frame.
In their second preliminary contest, Finland gave Canada everything they could handle but Turner's squad ultimately prevailed, 2-0 on Saturday Jan. 5. Lefort pumped in a power-play game-winning goal 37 seconds into the second period with assists coming from Clarkson's Jaime Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose. Canada added another goal late in the second for a two-goal cushion which was enough for goalie Genevieve Lacasse who recorded the shutout in net.
Just one year removed from settling for bronze in the 2012 MECO Cup, Canada was back in the title game on Sunday Jan. 6 where they hoped to reclaim the goal against Russia. The game went back-and-forth early as the two sides traded goals until Canada took over in the second to build a 5-2 lead heading into the third period where they closed the door with another goal and two empty netters late to come away with an 8-3 victory. Rattray played big for Canada with four points (one goal, three assists) while Jenner (one goal), Ambrose (one assist), Dartmouth's Laura Stacey (one goal) and Harvard's Sarah Edney (one goal) all scored from Canada's ECAC Hockey contingent.
Turner now rejoins Quinnipiac who will battle for first place in the ECAC Hockey against Dartmouth on Friday at 7:00 pm and No. 2 Harvard on Saturday at 4:00 pm, both games on the road.
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