Knoll goes from score­less to dom­i­nance over Swe­den

The Buffalo News - - HOCKEY -

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.

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