The United States continued its steamrolling of opponents at the inaugural Twelve Nations Tournament in Finland, soundly defeating Canada 4-0 to remain undefeated and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
Both Molly Schaus and Canadian newcomer Christina Kessler were sharp in their teams’ respective nets in the first, Kessler in particular for stopping all 13 shots she faced, keeping the score at 0-0 through twenty minutes. But the U.S. offensive firepower would be unleashed in the second, with Meghan Duggan opening the scoring 3:28 into the second. The U.S. would strike three times more in the second, including on two power play tallies from Jocelyne Lamoureux and Lisa Chesson, to take a 4-0 lead after two. Outshot 43-17 on the day, Canada was never able to garner the offense needed to tie, losing their first shutout to the U.S. since the 2005 World Championship Gold Medal Game.
With the win, the U.S. retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship they won in the Gold Medal Game of the World Championships in April, in their fifth consecutive victory. The U.S., in the midst of their 22nd IHLC reign, last faced Canada in the aforementioned Gold Medal Game, winning a 3-2 overtime thriller in Zürich to take the title. The Americans entered the Tournament with the IHLC, defeating Russia, Japan and Switzerland prior to the win over Canada, their fifth straight IHLC win in the 101st title game between Team Canada and Team USA. The U.S. faces Canada again tomorrow, in a non-tournament exhibition game in Vierumäki with the IHLC on the line.
12:59 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, high sticking
14:42 – PEN – Chu, holding
23:28 – GOAL – Duggan (Schoullis)
26:31 – PEN – Wakefield, cross checking
27:23 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux)
28:30 – PEN – Deluce, tripping
31:52 – GOAL – Knight (Chu)
39:25 – PEN – Scanzano, tripping
39:52 – PP GOAL – Chesson (J. Lamoureux)
56:46 – PEN – Chesson, slashing
58:51 – PEN – team, too many players
W: Schaus (17-17)
L: Kessler (39-43)
SHOTS ON GOAL
13+16+14 = 43
4+4+9 = 17
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: Christina Kessler, Liz Knox, Geneviéve Lacasse. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Jocelyne Larocque, Meghan Mikkelson, Bobbi Jo Slusar, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Emmanuelle Blais, Mallory Deluce, Jayna Hefford, Haley Irwin, Caroline Ouellette, Jesse Scanzano, Jennifer Wakefield.