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March 27, 2014

Laing's two goals power USA into semifinals

Marblehead’s Lexie Laing scored her first two goals of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Junior Championships to help the United States defeat Sweden, 7-0, in their final group game of the tournament being held in Hungary.

Team USA went 3-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament and won Group B. Laing, who is committed to play college hockey at Harvard and attends Nobles & Greenough, had points in all three games and totals two goals and three assists for five points in the tourney so far.

The Americans, who are looking for their first gold since 2011, receive a bye into the semifinals being played on Saturday. Their opponents will be determined by quarterfinal results.

Beverly native and St. John’s Prep grad Jeff Kampersal, who coached Laing’s oldest sister Denna at Princeton University, coaches the Under-18 women’s national team.

Yesterday, Taylar Cianfarano scored three goals in Team USA’s decisive victory and Erin O’Nell made 13 saves in net. Lynn native Katie Burt is also on the Under-18 women’s national team.

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