While many may have predicted 11 goals to be split between Canada and the United States women’s teams, nobody would have expected the final score to read 9-2, with the U.S. crushing Canada in the most lopsided U.S. victory in this storied rivalry’s history, winning the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
The U.S. began their onslaught early, with Jocelyne Lamoureux sliding in a loose rebound past Charline Labonté just 37 seconds into the game to go ahead 1-0. Just 47 seconds after that, Hilary Knight knocked in her own rebound past Labonté for the sudden 2-0 lead. And rebound control became the predominant theme early, as yet another loose puck after a Gigi Marvin point shot was banged in by Monique Lamoureux, to put the U.S. up 3-0 after just 3:32. Labonté was pulled at this point for Shannon Szabados, who did not fare much better – just 80 seconds after her duties began, Julie Chu snuck in a low shot from along the goal line to go ahead 4-0, and Monique Lamoureux would add her second just 40 seconds later, knocking in yet another rebound to go ahead 5-0 after only 5:32.
The goal scoring subsided for the rest of the first, and Labonté was reinstalled to start the second. Canada got their first tally on the evening on a Natalie Spooner backhand of a bouncing puck past U.S. keeper Molly Schaus, but just under three minutes after that, the Lamoureux twins struck again, with Jocelyne potting her second on a tipped in point shot to go back up by five goals. Marie-Philip Poulin would score again for Canada on a one-timer from Jayna Hefford, but still trailed 6-2 after two. The U.S. would add another two from Josephine Pucci and Knight in a span of 2:09, with the final blow rounding out the hat trick for Monique Lamoureux, tipping in a Marvin point shot for Team USA’s ninth and final goal, stunning Team Canada and giving the hometown crowd in Burlington a spectacular offensive performance.
With the blowout victory, the United States wins their 24th International Hockey Lineal Championship, in the 106th meeting between these two rivals over the IHLC. Canada entered the tournament as champions after winning the IHLC from the U.S. in a March exhibition game, defending against Sweden in a pre-tournament exhibition game before the 9-2 defeat. Team USA will face Russia next at the Worlds, a Russian squad hungry to win its first ever IHLC.
00:37 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Stack, M. Lamoureux)
01:24 – GOAL – Knight (Decker)
01:39 – PEN – Bonhomme, roughing
03:32 – PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Marvin)
04:37 – PEN – Agosta, hooking
04:52 – PP GOAL – Chu (Knight)
05:32 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Stack)
06:46 – PEN – Apps, hooking
12:22 – PEN – Pucci, interference
15:34 – PEN – Larocque, interference
20:39 – GOAL – Spooner (Ouellette, Wickenheiser)
23:10 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Bozek, M. Lamoureux)
31:47 – PEN – team, too many players
37:03 – GOAL – Poulin (Hefford, Johnston)
45:29 – GOAL – Pucci (M. Lamoureux, J. Lamoureux)
47:38 – GOAL – Knight (Schmidgall)
50:00 – PEN – Fortino, elbowing
51:17 – PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Marvin, Stack)
52:43 – PEN – Apps, charging
56:14 – PEN – Bellamy, roughing
56:14 – PEN – Fortino, interference
W: Schaus (19-21)
L: Labonté (15-22), Szabados (9-11)
SHOTS ON GOAL
17+5+11 = 33
6+10+5 = 21
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Lisa Chesson, Gigi Marvin, Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Julie Chu (C), Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Jillian Dempsey, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Jenny Schmidgall (A), Kelli Stack, Taylor Wasylk.
Goaltenders: Charline Labonté, Shannon Szabados. Defence: Courtney Birchard, Tessa Bonhomme, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Catherine Ward. Forwards: Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Vicki Bendus, Bailey Bram, Jayna Hefford (A), Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Caroline Ouellette (A), Marie-Philip Poulin, Natalie Spooner, Jennifer Wakefield, Hayley Wickenheiser (C).