Team USA completed their perfect sweep of the Group Round at the World Championships, routing Sweden 9-1 to win three consecutive games by a combined score of 27-2, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The Americans jumped out to another early lead, striking on their white-hot power play just five minutes in, with a Kelli Stack rebound putting the Americans on the board first. Jen Schoullis then doubled the scoring a few minutes later on a wraparound, followed by another quick strike from Monique Lamoureux three minutes later, banging in a Stack feed for the 3-0 lead. Jenny Schmidgall closed the period’s scoring with six seconds to go, roofing a backhander over Swedish keeper Sara Grahn for the 4-0 lead, with the Americans leading in shots 24-4.
Team USA exploded in the second period, notching four more goals in the span of ten minutes to chase Grahn from the net with the score at 8-0, conceding a power play goal to Meghan Duggan, a second goal to Schoullis, a wrist shot from Kendall Coyne and a Lamoureux-sister give-and-go, resulting in a goal from Jocelyne. Even with Kim Martin in for relief of Grahn, she still gave up an goal to Duggan, her second of the period, with 50 seconds left in the frame for the 9-0 lead after one. The Americans eased off the gas in the third, only putting nine shots on goal, while Erika Grahm broke Jessie Vetter’s shutout for the only goal of the third, putting the final score at 9-1.
With the win, the Americans retain their 22nd International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Canada prior to the Worlds, and retained in Group Round wins over Slovakia and Russia. This marks the first IHLC matchup between these two teams since November’s Four Nations Cup, where the U.S. retained the title in a 4-0 victory. The Americans now advance to face either Switzerland or Russia in the Semifinal, with a trip to the Gold Medal Game and the IHLC at stake.
04:22 – PEN – Eliasson, boarding
05:02 – PP GOAL – Stack (Decker)
08:48 – GOAL – Schoullis (Steadman, Schmidgall)
11:30 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Stack)
12:37 – PEN – Holmlöv, hooking
19:54 – GOAL – Schmidgall (Chu, Knight)
22:09 – PEN – Malmström, hooking
23:34 – PP GOAL – Duggan (Knight)
27:09 – GOAL – Schoullis (Schmidgall)
31:00 – GOAL – Coyne (Cahow)
33:10 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux)
35:09 – PEN – Pucci, hooking
39:10 – GOAL – Duggan (Chu, Schleper)
42:36 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, high sticking
43:28 – PP GOAL – Grahm (Holst, Andersson)
43:28 – PEN – Decker, hooking
45:10 – PEN – Nevalainen, hooking
46:34 – PEN – Asserholt, tripping
52:20 – PEN – Pucci, interference
W: Vetter (16-17)
L: Grahn (32-40), Martin (10-11)
SHOTS ON GOAL
24+18+9 = 51
4+6+7 = 17
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, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Jenny Schmidgall (C), Jen Schoullis, Kelli Stack, Kelley Steadman.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Kim Martin. Defence: Gunilla Andersson, Linnea Backman, Johanna Fällman, Johanna Malmström, Frida Nevalainen (A), Emma Nordin, Annie Svedin. Forwards: Jenni Asserholt, Anna Borgqvist, Emma Eliasson, Tina Enström, Erika Grahm, Elin Holmlöv, Erika Holst (C), Danijela Rundqvist (A), Rebecca Stenberg, Lina Wester, Pernilla Winberg.