A day removed from a reserved 5-0 opening win, the United States exploded offensively in a 13-1 thrashing of Russia, improving to 2-0 at the World Championships and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Americans jumped out to their onslaught early, with Hilary Knight opening the scoring with a power play marker seven minutes in. This was quickly followed by a five-hole marker from Anne Schleper two minutes later, followed by a Julie Chu one-timer a minute after that, and an Angela Ruggiero marker 90 seconds after that for a rapid 4-0 lead. Meghan Duggan would add the fifth goal of the period, shorthanded, at 15:21 to take a 5-0 lead into intermission, quickly making Russian goalie Valentina Ostrovlyanchik’s day quite miserable.
The pounding continued in the second, with the Americans taking advantage of a frustrated Russian squad taking multiple penalties, gathering power play tallies from both Caitlin Cahow and Knight. Brianna Decker added in an even-strength goal just 23 seconds after Knight’s goal to put the score at 8-0, before Yekaterina Lebedeva broke Molly Schaus’ shutout with one second left in the second period, to put things at 8-1 after two, the shots at 41-12 for the Americans.
Knight opened the scoring with her hat trick goal, also her third power play goal, 6:41 into the third, followed by a quick Kelli Stack wraparound 90 seconds later to put the score at 10-1. Another quick pair of goals from Kendall Coyne and Kacey Bellamy, just 80 seconds apart, set the score at 12-1, and then Ruggiero tallied her second goal for the thirteenth and final goal, the American’s fifth power play goal, with 4:20 remaining in regulation. The Americans got points from fourteen different players, including ten different goal scorers, with Knight leading the way with three goals and three assists in the win. Ostrovlyanchik stayed in net the whole game, stopping 44 of 57, while Schaus stopped 19 of 20 shots in the win.
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.