Team USA continued its steamroll through the Twelve Nations Tournament, crushing Japan 13-0 a day removed from a 12-0 win over Russia to easily retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Similar to the Russia game, the U.S. struck early and often, with a pair of power play goals from Kelli Stack and Jenny Schmidgall putting things at 2-0 halfway through the first. Stack would complete a hat trick in just under 10 minutes with two more goals in the first to take a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes. Julie Chu and Jillian Dempsey each tallied in the second, prompting Japan to pull starting goalie Azusa Nakaoku for the third in favour of Shizuka Takahashi. But Takahashi would fare worse, giving up seven straight goals (including a hat trick by Jen Schoullis) in the third, with the 13th and final goal coming with 0:01 left on the clock to add insult to injury in the blowout. The Americans kept a clean sheet for the game, taking zero penalties and going 2-for-2 on the power play.
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)
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.