Katy Knoll returns to Nichols to “Hero’s Welcome”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After scoring twice and powering the United States to a Gold Medal at the Under-18 Women’s Hockey World Championships in Russia, Katy Knoll returned to a hero’s welcome at school on Tuesday.

Nichols had “USA Day” to honor Knoll with students wearing Red, White and Blue themed clothes to celebrate the world title.

“It’s awesome to have the support of the school and the faculty behind me,” she said.  “It’s unreal.  Every time I look at the American flag, since I was little, I’ve always wanted to wear the jersey. Then, to do that and bring home the Gold, it’s great.  It’s awesome to think about it. It happened just a couple days ago but it’s awesome.”

Trailing 1-0 in the first period against Sweden Knoll tallied the first to pull the American’s even.

“I kind of just took a fluke shot at the net and I think it was a delayed penalty because the girl was hooking me a little bit,” she said.  “And, I shot the puck and it somehow got through a really good goaltender.  My celebration even I didn’t know what to do, I almost knocked myself over I was so excited.”

Knoll also scored the final goal in the US’s eventual 9-3 victory to help secure the program’s fourth consecutive Gold – a tournament record.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling honestly. It’s something I really can’t describe and to have experience the whole thing. To go to Russia it was so cool,” added Knoll.  “In the beginning of the tourney, I didn’t contribute as much I would have hoped.  To tie it up in the Gold medal game and then to close out the scoring too, it was special.”

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