Kelli Stack and Jen Schoullis each recorded a hat trick to help lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 13-0 win over Japan in its second game of the International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series.
“Japan’s pressure all over the ice was good for us and challenged our puck movement,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women’s National Team. “It was also good to see young kids like Hannah Brandt and Milica McMillen have strong games.”
Stack contributed to all four U.S. first-period goals. She opened the frame with her first goal of the tournament at 5:17. Stack assisted on Jenny Potter’s (née Schmidgall) tally at 8:05 and closed the period with two more markers to pick up a natural hat trick.
Potter’s goal marked her 100th career goal for Team USA, making her just the sixth player in U.S. history to reach the 100-goal plateau.
Julie Chu struck at 9:56 of the second period to put the U.S. ahead, 5-0. Jillian Dempsey added a marker at 15:31 with help from Kasey Boucher’s second assist of the night and Kacey Bellamy’s third assist of the game.
The U.S. struck again just 16 seconds into the third period off of the stick of Meghan Duggan. Jen Schoullis scored three times in the final frame, while Hilary Knight and Lisa Chesson each light the lamp as well.
U.S. netminder Molly Schaus made nine saves in the shutout effort.
The U.S. Women’s National Team next plays Switzerland Saturday (Aug. 27) in its third of six games at Vierumäki Arena.
IHLC: With the win, the United States retains their 22nd International Hockey Lineal Championship title, which they won in the Gold Medal Game of April’s World Championships, and retained in their Twelve Nations opener yesterday against Russia, a similar boxscore of 12-0. The Americans and Japan faced off for the IHLC for just the second time in history, and the first meeting in 16 years, with the first duel a similar 12-0 win at the 1995 Pacific Rim Championship. Team USA gets a day off before taking on Switzerland in their next Twelve Nations showdown.
04:22 – PEN – Honma, holding
05:17 – PP GOAL – Stack (Schmidgall, Bellamy)
06:41 – PEN – Suzuki, tripping
08:05 – PP GOAL – Schmidgall (Stack, Bellamy)
12:25 – GOAL – Stack (Boucher, Bellamy)t
14:30 – GOAL – Stack (Duggan, Kessel)
29:56 – GOAL – Chu (Pucci, Knight)
35:31 – GOAL – Dempsey (Boucher, Bellamy)
40:16 – GOAL – Duggan (Kessel, Chesson)
42:35 – GOAL – Schoullis
48:00 – GOAL – Knight (Chu)
48:40 – GOAL – Schoullis (Bellamy, Chu)
53:19 – GOAL – Chesson
55:31 – GOAL – Dempsey (Boucher, Bellamy)
59:59 – GOAL – Schoullis (Dempsey)
W: Schaus (9-9)
L: Nakaoku (39-45), Takahashi (27-34)
SHOTS ON GOAL
29+23+27 = 79
3+4+2 = 9
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Kasey Boucher, Lisa Chesson, Molly Engstrom, Milica McMillen, Josephine Pucci, Sasha Sherry. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Jillian Dempsey, Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Jenny Schmidgall, Jen Schoullis, Kelli Stack.
Goaltenders: Azusa Nakaoku, Shizuka Takahashi. Defence: Kanaeda Aoki, Nachi Fujimoto, Tomoe Honma, Shiori Koike, Sena Suzuki, Rina Takeda, Aina Takeuchi, Kondo Yoko. Forwards: Nodoka Abe, Tomo Eguchi, Moeko Fujimoto, Yuka Hirano, Kaedekei Ishiura, Mai Morii, Chiho Osawa, Ami Nakamura, Tomoko Sakagami, Miho Shishiuchi, Haruna Yoneyama, Adachi Yurie.
Article Credit: USA Hockey