Knoll goes from scoreless to dominance over Sweden
Katelyn Knoll of Amherst had not registered a point in her first four games for Team USA in the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Then, in Saturday’s gold medal game, the Nichols School junior scored twice in the 9-3 victory for the U.S. over Sweden before 2,053 in Dmitrov, Russia.
Knoll scored the first goal for the U.S., tying the game at 1-1 in the opening period, and the last. Those were her only shots on net in the game, but she made them count.
In storming to a fourth consecutive gold medal in the U18 championship, the U.S. scored six goals in just over six minutes, starting late in the first period and extending into the second.
Knoll was one four Americans with two goals in the victory. Britta Curl, Abigail Murphy and Dominique Petrie also had two tallies.
“When we came together with our puck movement and speed, everyone saw what we could do,” said U.S. captain Taylor Heise. “We just killed everyone else.”
It looked like an upset was possible when Selina Aho’s shot from the point was deflected by Thea Johansson past U.S. goalie Lindsay Reed.
Knoll’s first goal, though, tied it in the seventh minute. Casey O’Brien skated down the right wing and fed a goal mouth pass to Knoll, who beat goaltender Anna Amholt with a low shot inside the right post.