LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey associate head coach Cassie Turner (Campbellford, Ont.) recently returned to Hamden after leading Team Canada's U-18 National Team to a three-game series victory over the Team USA National U-18 squad. Turner joined Canada's Under-18 Team as an assistant coach for the week-long selection camp followed by a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-18 Select Team from Herb Brooks Arena.
The selection camp began with 41 Canadian prospects who all competed in training drills, conditioning and were split into two teams for a three-game intrasquad series. The process took place between Aug. 11-18 and ultimately the roster was trimmed down to 22 players who took part in the three-game series against Team USA's U-18 National Team from Aug. 22-25.
The two national rivals took to the ice for the opening game on Aug. 22 and Canada prevailed over USA, 4-1. Karly Heffernan had two goals and an assist for Canada while Shea Tilley made 25 stops in the Canadian goal. Canada held on to take game two as well, 3-2, on Aug. 23 over the United States. Hannah Miller and Rebecca Leslie each had a goal and an assist in the game two victory. The series finale ended with a 3-2 victory for the United States on Aug. 25. Despite two goals from Canada's Eve-Audrey Picard, they couldn't overcome three second period goals for the U.S. but still came up with the overall series victory.
Turner was a member of a coaching staff headed by Minnesota Duluth's assistant coach Laura Schuler as well as fellow assistant, Wisconsin's Jackie Friesen. The staff will now focus on the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 Women's World Championship next April. Schuler and her staff said the series was an important step in helping evaluate the roster ahead of the worlds, as well as some scouting on their rival.
This is the third stint for Turner as a member of the coaching staff for Hockey Canada's National Development Teams. She has previous experience with the 2011 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championship as well as the U-22/Development Team in the summer of 2012 and winning a goal medal with Canada at the 2013 MECO Cup. Turner's calendar year with Team Canada has been quite successful as she has led the U-22 squad to a series victory over the United States, won the gold at the MECO Cup in Jan. and just recently won the Canada-USA series with the U-18 squad.
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