PC women’s pick-up Jess Cohen will round out an already gold-fingered U19 career with Shattuck-St. Mary’s School today when the Minnesota-based Sabres –national champions in 2005, 2006, and 2007- lock twigs with the incumbent queen Chicago Mission (3:00 p.m. face-off) for the 2009 banner in Rochester, N.Y.
Cohen, who had hauled in a profuse 35 goals and 97 points over 48 appearances in the Sabres’ lengthy tournament tune-up, has since posted a 4-5-9 scoring transcript through five Nationals’ games, complete with four multi-point performances and three special teams’ goals, to place sixth amongst all individual puckslingers in USA Hockey’s Dandy Dozen.
Last night, Cohen bit in to a 2-0 deficit 46 seconds into the second period, effectively igniting a game-shifting five-goal romp en route to a 5-3 semifinal win over the Colorado Selects. She would ultimately claim the initial assist on Amanda Kessel’s eventual decider with 2:58 to spare in the period.
The opposing Mission figure to start up-and-coming Boston College stopper Corrine Boyles in the cage today and also feature Northeastern recruit Casie Fields on their blue line. Boyles officially rates second on the tournament’s goaltending leaderboard with a 4-1-0 record, six goals against, and a .955 save percentage.
Once this year’s edition of the Sabres parts, Cohen will convert to a sworn enemy of teammates Dru Burns and Kristine Horn, respectively recruited by BC and New Hampshire for next autumn.
Overseas, soon-to-be-graduate Mari Pehkonen charged up a 2-1-3 package, coupled with five registered shots and a +2 rating, as part of Team Finland’s 7-0 lashing of Kazakhstan in the round robin opener of the Women’s World Championships. The Suomi Skating Sorority –hosts of this year’s great global gathering- utterly suppressed the numerically challenged Kazakhstanis (14 skaters dressed) through a 67-8 shooting differential and a balanced bombardment featuring 11 different point-getters and six multi-point strikers.
Meanwhile, 2006 alumna Karen Thatcher pitched in two of Team USA’s 74 SOG in a similarly assertive 8-0 steamrolling of Japan. Rising Boston College senior Kelli Stack topped the game’s scoring charts with one firsthand strike (assisted by New Hampshire blueliner Kacey Bellamy) and three helpers.