The United States continued their early onslaught of offense on home ice at the 2012 World Championships, following up their 9-2 crushing of Canada with a 9-0 drubbing of a hapless Russian squad to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championshp.
The U.S. began their onslaught early, with Hilary Knight opening the scoring 1:42 into the game with a backhander lifted past Russian goalie Anna Prugova, cutting through the Russian defence like a hot knife through butter. Amanda Kessel would add the Americans’ second goal midway through the first, recovering on her own fanned one-timer with a wrister past Prugova from the slot to go ahead 2-0 after one, with the U.S. only conceding a single shot to Russia. The U.S. would double their lead in the second, first on a Monique Lamoureux shorthanded backhand sliding shot, followed by a one-timer from Brianna Decker to Kessel, who ripped it top-shelf to go ahead 4-0 after two.
Russia replaced Prugova in net with Valentina Ostrovlyanchik to start the third, ostensibly to stop the bleeding – this would prove useless, as the U.S. simply made things worse in the third. Knight would score her second just 54 seconds in, Megan Bozek would strike three minutes after that, and Jocelyne Lamoureux three minutes after that, suddenly ahead 6-0. Kendall Coyne and Decker would each add power play goals in the final ten minutes of the game to mercifully end the game for Russia, winning 9-0 in a game where the not-so “Big Red Machine” was outshot 54-5, giving Jessie Vetter perhaps the easiest shutout of her career.
With the win, the U.S. retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship it won from Canada in the World Championships opener, their 24th reign as IHLC champions. Canada entered the Worlds as IHLC holders, having won the title in an exhibition game in March from the U.S., before losing 9-2 to Team USA two days earlier. This was Russia and Team USA’s first tilt over the IHLC since the Twelve Nations Tournament last August, where the U.S. won 12-0. Team USA will next face Finland in their Preliminary Round finale for the IHLC.
01:42 – GOAL – Knight (Schmidgall, Chesson)
08:26 – PEN – Pechnikova, hooking
09:19 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, cross checking
13:47 – GOAL – Kessel (Coyne, Decker)
18:37 – PEN – Goncharenko, hooking
24:29 – PEN – Decker, hooking
25:18 – SH GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Schmidgall, Bellamy)
28:51 – PEN – Belyakova, interference
33:06 – PEN – Smolina, body checking
39:03 – GOAL – Kessel (Decker, Coyne)
40:54 – GOAL – Knight (Bozek)
43:36 – GOAL – Bozek (M. Lamoureux, Stack)
45:35 – PEN – Ananina, hooking
46:51 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Stack)
49:20 – PEN – Decker, slashing
51:54 – PEN – Goncharenko, interference
52:46 – PP GOAL – Coyne (Kessel)
55:37 – PEN – Ananina, slashing
55:46 – PP GOAL – Decker (Coyne)
58:07 – PEN – Belyakova, body checking
W: Vetter (5-5)
L: Prugova (31-35), Ostrovlyanchik (14-19)
SHOTS ON GOAL
15+20+19 = 54
1+2+2 = 5
Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Lisa Chesson, Gigi Marvin, 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.
Goaltenders: Valentina Ostrovlyanchik, Anna Prugova. Defence: Inna Dyubanok, Angelina Goncharenko, Alexandra Kapustina, Mariya Pechnikova, Olga Permyakova (C), Zoya Polunina, Anna Shukina, Svetlana Tkachyova. Forwards: Yekaterina Ananina, Lyudmila Belyakova, Tatyana Burina (A), Yevgeniya Dyupina, Iya Gavrilova (A), Yekaterina Lebedeva, Valeriya Pavlova, Marina Sergina, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolina, Olga Sosina, Alexandra Vafina.