The U.S. put a less crushing offensive beating on Russia in the World Championships Semifinal, settling for a more subdued 5-1 victory to advance to the Gold Medal Game and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Surprisingly, it was the Russians who struck first early on, with Iya Gavrilova burying an Olga Sosina rebound past Jessie Vetter just three minutes in to the period. However, the U.S. was quickly able to recover, with Monique Lamoureux tying things with a wrist shot from the top of the slot at 11:31, and Kendall Coyne getting the go-ahead just 34 seconds later off a faceoff, fooling Russian netminder Anna Prugova for the lead. Despite the close 2-1 score after 20 minutes, the shot tally told a very different story, with the shots 33-5 in favour of Team USA.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second, with the other Lamoureux twin, Jocelyne, striking four minutes in with a wide-angle shot along the goal line for the 3-1 lead. Then, with Gavrilova in the penalty box, Brianna Decker struck on the power play, banging in a rebound over a fallen Prugova for the 4-1 lead, ending the second outshooting Russia 18-3. While the Americans “eased” up on Russia in the third, with the shot tally only 17-6, Decker would strike again with the man advantage, knocking in another rebound from a Monique Lamoureux point shot for the 5-1 lead, which would hold up as the final score.
With the win, Team USA retains their 22nd International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Canada in a pre-tournament exhibition game, and retained in wins against Slovakia, Russia and Sweden. The aforementioned Group Round win over Russia, a 13-1 blowout just five days ago, marks the last IHLC meeting between these two. The U.S. now advances to their 14th consecutive Gold Medal Game, and their 14th straight final against Canada, with Gold and the IHLC on the line.
03:21 – GOAL – Gavrilova (Sosina, Smolentseva)
04:05 – PEN – Smolentseva, tripping
11:31 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux)
12:05 – GOAL – Coyne (Decker, Knight)
20:58 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, hooking
22:08 – PEN – Sergina, tripping
24:08 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux, Decker)
26:14 – PEN – Gavrilova, holding
26:59 – PP GOAL – Decker (Cahow, M. Lamoureux)
29:50 – PEN – Kapustina, interference
34:09 – PEN – Knight, slashing
36:28 – PEN – Pucci, tripping
46:57 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, holding
52:01 – PEN – Sergina, body checking
52:18 – PP GOAL – Decker (M. Lamoureux, Cahow)
57:33 – PEN – Stack, body checking
W: Vetter (13-14)
L: Prugova (63-68)
SHOTS ON GOAL
33+18+17 = 68
5+3+6 = 14
Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, 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: Valentina Ostrovlyanchik, Anna Prugova. Defence: Inna Dyubanok, Alexandra Kapustina, Alyona Khomich, Zoya Polunina, Anna Shukina, Svetlana Tkachyova. Forwards: Tatyana Burina (A), Iya Gavrilova (A), Yekaterina Lebedeva, Olga Semenets, Marina Sergina, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolentseva (C), Yekaterina Solovyova, Olga Sosina, Svetlana Terentieva, Alexandra Vafina.