The United States completed their perfect sweep of the preliminary round at the 2010 Four Nations Cup, defeating Sweden 4-0 to finish undefeated, clinch a trip to the Gold Medal Game, and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The U.S. opened the scoring just 3:20 into the first period, with a Hilary Knight goal beating Swedish keeper Sara Grahn to open up the game, a score that would hold into the first intermission, with the U.S. leading in shots 11-6 after twenty. The U.S. would double the lead on a Kacey Bellamy power play goal 2:24 into the second, cashing in on one of the Americans’ four power plays in the second, leading 2-0 after 40 minutes while outshooting the Damkronorna 26-10. Monique Lamoureux made it 3-0 midway through the third, and although Sweden managed more third period shots and stayed out of the penalty box, they were unable to solve Jessie Vetter, and an Erika Lawler empty netter late in the third sealed the win for Team USA. Vetter stopped 20 of 20 shots for the shutout, while Grahn stopped 38 of 42 in the loss.
With the win, Team USA retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship it won from Canada in the opening game of the Cup, and retained against Finland in a 4-0 preliminary matchup. The U.S., in their 21st IHLC reign, last faced Sweden over the title at the 2008 Four Nations Cup, where the U.S. won 5-2 before losing the title to Canada, who in turn would lose to Sweden to clinch them their first ever IHLC title. The U.S. now advances to their ninth straight Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Game against Canada, with the chance for their fourth ever Gold, and to leave Newfoundland with the IHLC, on the line.
03:20 – GOAL – Knight (Decker, Duggan)
03:56 – PEN – Rundqvist, hooking
10:50 – PEN – Engstrom, hooking
15:26 – PEN – Holst, holding
21:32 – PEN – Eliasson, body checking
22:24 – PP GOAL – Bellamy (Schmidgall, Duggan)
24:27 – PEN – Backman, roughing
28:04 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, tripping
31:01 – PEN – Malmström, body checking
33:30 – PEN – Malmström, tripping
40:29 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Coyne)
56:41 – PEN – Mangene, tripping
59:06 – EN GOAL – Lawler
W: Vetter (20-20)
L: Grahn (38-42)
SHOTS ON GOAL
11+15+16 = 42
6+4+10 = 20
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Meagan Mangene, Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Sarah Erickson, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Jenny Schmidgall, Haley Skarupa, Allie Thunstrom, Jinelle Zaugg.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Kim Martin, Valentina Lizana. Defence: Emma Agén, Emilia Andersson, Linnea Backman, Johanna Fällman, Johanna Malmström, Frida Nevalainen, Emma Nordin, Annie Svedin. Forwards: Lisa Edman, Emma Eliasson, Tina Enström, Erika Grahm, Elin Holmlöv, Erika Holst, Klara Myrén, Danijela Rundqvist, Therése Sjölander, Rebecca Stenberg, Erica Udén Johansson, Lina Wester, Pernilla Winberg, Cecilia Östberg.