Team USA scored five goals in the middle part of the first period and coasted to a 13-1 win over Russia this afternoon at Hallenstadion.
Hilary Knight led the way with three goals and three assists while the other goals came from nine different skaters. Yekaterina Lebedeva scored the only Russian goal, late in the second period.
The U.S. will now play Sweden for top spot in Group A and a bye to the semi-finals while the Russians will face the Slovakians also on Wednesday, the loser having to play in the Relegation Round.
“We tried to keep our intensity up knowing the game isn’t over until we hear the third period buzzer goes off and we have more goals than they do,” Knight said. “We tried to win the 50-50 battles and think about our eventual goal which is the gold-medal game.”
Two of Knight’s goals came on one-timers on the power play from her off wing, perfect feeds at the top of the faceoff circle. “Chuey [Julie Chu] fed me the puck extremely well tonight and I was just lucky enough to be in the right spot,” Knight said. “We’re kind of figuring things out – we only came together a couple of weeks ago, so we’re just trying to figure out what works.”
The game was frequently slowed by penalty calls, 19 in total. In all, the Americans counted five of their goals with the extra man and outshot the Russians 57-20. A beleaguered Valentina Ostrovlyanchik was in goal for the full 60 minutes and 13 goals, while Molly Schaus played her first game of WW 2011 and picked up the victory.
IHLC: With the win, the U.S. retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 22nd title, which they won from Canada in a pre-tournament exhibition game, and retained yesterday against Slovakia. This marks the first IHLC showdown between Team USA and the Russians since the 2004 World Championships, where the Americans retained in an 8-0 rout in Halifax, Canada. Team USA closes out the Group Round in 48 hours against Sweden, with Medal Round placing and the IHLC up for grabs.
05:55 – PEN – Dyubanok, delay of game
07:03 – PP GOAL – Knight (Duggan, Chu)
09:25 – GOAL – Schleper (Coyne, Decker)
10:42 – GOAL – Chu (Schmidgall)
12:14 – GOAL – Ruggiero (Decker)
15:01 – PEN – Engstrom, body checking
15:21 – SH GOAL – Duggan
17:31 – PEN – Schmidgall, interference
20:21 – PEN – Schmidgall, hooking
21:24 – PEN – Decker, tripping
25:20 – PEN – Vafina, holding
26:20 – PP GOAL – Cahow (Knight, Coyne)
28:16 – PEN – Shukina, holding
31:17 – PEN – Gavrilova, cross checking
31:33 – PP GOAL – Knight (Duggan, Chu)
31:56 – GOAL – Decker (Knight)
37:08 – PEN – Pucci, holding
39:59 – GOAL – Lebedeva (Terentieva)
41:29 – PEN – Schleper, hooking
43:04 – PEN – Bellamy, delay of game
45:59 – PEN – Kapustina, body checking
46:41 – PP GOAL – Knight (Chu, Duggan)
48:07 – GOAL – Stack (Marvin, Steadman)
49:00 – PEN – Decker, abuse of official
49:22 – PEN – Gavrilova, holding
50:35 – GOAL – Coyne (Knight, Engstrom)
51:55 – GOAL – Bellamy (Stack, Marvin)
53:58 – PEN – Stack, boarding
55:07 – PEN – Dyubanok, high sticking
55:15 – PEN – Polunina, boarding
55:40 – PP GOAL – Ruggiero (Decker, Marvin)
59:04 – PEN – Khomich, hooking
59:51 – PEN – Cahow, slashing
W: Schaus (19-20)
L: Ostrovlyanchik (44-57)
SHOTS ON GOAL
16+25+16 = 57
5+7+8 = 20
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Josephine Pucci, Angela Ruggiero (A), Anne Schleper. Forwards: Julie Chu (A), Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Jenny Schmidgall (C), Jen Schoullis, Kelli Stack, Kelley Steadman.
Goaltenders: Valentina Ostrovlyanchik, Anna Prugova. Defence: Inna Dyubanok, Alexandra Kapustina, Alyona Khomich, Zoya Polunina, Anna Shukina, Svetlana Tkachyova. Forwards: Tatyana Burina (C), Iya Gavrilova (A), Yekaterina Lebedeva, Olga Semenets, Marina Sergina, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolentseva (A), Yekaterina Solovyova, Olga Sosina, Svetlana Terentieva, Alexandra Vafina.