BUDAPEST, Hungary – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey associate head coach Cassie Turner has helped lead Canada's Under-18 National Team into the 2014 World Championships Semifinals where they will take on Russia on Saturday for the right to play for the title. Turner joined Canada's U-18 Team as an assistant coach for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 Women's World Championships.
The Canadians were perfect in preliminary round action, defeating Japan, Finland and the Czech Republic by a combined score of 19-1. They now will face Russia in the Semifinals with the winner to advance to the World Championship title game against the winner of the second semifinal game featuring the United States and Czech Republic.
Canada is looking to redeem themselves after falling to the United States, 3-2, in the 2013 IIHF U-18 World Championships held in Ottawa. Winning is nothing new to the Canadian U-18 hockey program as they're searching for their 11th World Championship title in the 17-year history of the tournament.
In this year's World Championships, Canada breezed through preliminary round action as they defeated every team in their pool by at least a five-goal margin. Japan was the only team to score on Canada as they picked up a goal in Canada's 7-1 win on Sunday, March 23. In the two games since, Turner's squad hasn't allowed a goal as they took down Finland on Monday, 7-0, and followed with a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Russia won their quarterfinal round game against Finland, 3-1, to advance them on to the semifinals for a matchup with Canada.
Turner has helped tutor a talented Canadian squad that featured 10 players who've scored at least one goal through the three preliminary round games. Sarah Potomak leads Canada with seven points (three goals, four assists) while Lauren Wildfang (two goals, four assists) and Victoria Bach (four goals, two assists) each have compiled six points. Kassidy Sauve (2-0, 0.50 GAA, .978 save percentage) has allowed just one goal in two games in net for Canada.
This is the fourth stint for Turner as a member of the coaching staff for Hockey Canada's National Development Teams. She has previous experience with this U-18 squad as she was on the staff for the U-18 National Team series between the United States back in Aug. 2013. Canada took two-out-of-three games against the United States in the three-game series held in Lake Placid.
Turner's experience also dates back to the 2011 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championship, with the U-22/Development Team in the summer of 2012 and winning a goal medal with Canada at the 2013 MECO Cup. Turner's success over the last 18 months with Team Canada has been quite successful as she has led the U-22 squad to a series victory over the United States in Aug. 2012, won the gold at the MECO Cup in Jan. 2013, recently won the Canada-USA series with the U-18 squad in Aug. 2013 and now has a chance to add a World Championship title to her resume with two more victories.
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