August 25, 2008

Howser, Team USA Conclude Under-22 Series vs. Canada

Aug. 25, 2008

PIERREFONDS, Que. - Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and the U.S. Under-22 Select Team concluded a three-game series against Canada on Saturday in Pierrefonds, Que. Despite a goal from Howser, the U.S. fell 4-3 in overtime. Team USA had won the first game Wednesday 3-2 in a shootout and lost the second game Friday 7-2.

Howser's tally at 16:54 of the first period Saturday gave Team USA a 2-0 lead, and the U.S. extended the lead to 3-0 in the second period. Team Canada scored a pair of power-play goals in the second to pull within one, then tied the game at 3:39 of the third. A goal by Catherine Ward 48 seconds into overtime ended it.

This was Howser's second time on the U.S. U-22 team for this event. She was on the U.S. Under-22 Select Team for the three-game series against Canada last year after placing fifth in scoring at the 2007 U.S. Women's National Festival.

Howser's previous experience with USA Hockey included a stint at the 2006 National Festival. She also participated in USA Hockey's Girls' Select 17/18 Festival in 2005, tying for the scoring lead with four goals and three assists in five games.

Howser has led Yale in points in each of her first three years, and the 22 goals she scored in 2006-07 place her tied for third on Yale's single-season list. She is tied for fourth on Yale's career goals list (44), is seventh on Yale's career points list (92) and is tied for eight on Yale's career assists list (48). She was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year.

A graduate of New Trier Township High, Howser is a political science major in Silliman College at Yale.

Yale has an extensive history with U.S. women's national teams. Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who was on the U.S. Under-22 Select Team from 2003-2005, played for the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics and has also played for the U.S. in two IIHF World Women's Championships. Yale head coach Hilary Witt played on the U.S. National Team in 2000-01 and was an assistant coach with the U.S. team in 2006-07. Former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached Team USA at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a national team advisor.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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