After a dominating 9-0 win over Russia, Team USA continued to steamroll its competition at the 2012 World Championships in Vermont, this time unloading 11 goals to crush Finland in their Preliminary Round finale to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The U.S. kicked off the scoring 6:24 into the first period, with Monique Lamoureux tipping in a Gigi Marvin point shot to put Team USA ahead 1-0. Five minutes later, Kelli Stack took a Lamoureux feed, broke in through the Finnish defensive corps, and faked a backhand to suddenly shift to forehand, beating Isabella Portnoj to go up 2-0 after one, outshooting the Naisleijonat 16-4. The second is where the U.S. offense exploded, scoring six times, including a four goal flurry in a span of two minutes and 45 seconds. Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker scored on a defeated Portnoj, and Lamoureux and Stack potted their second each to go up 6-0 5:50 into the second.
Stack would complete her hat trick on a power play goal twelve minutes into the period, with the U.S. going 4 for 9 on the night on the power play. Josephine Pucci would add another power play tally, this time on a 5-on-3, to go up 8-0 after forty minutes. Portnoj was replaced by Meeri Räisänen in the third, who did not fare much better, conceding another power play goal just 21 seconds into a Tea Villilä penalty by Kendall Coyne. Lamoureux completed her hat trick three and a half minutes later to put Team USA’s goal count into double digits, and Amanda Kessel added their eleventh with eight minutes remaining to finish the blowout win. Brianne McLaughlin stopped all of nine shots for the shutout, while Finland conceded 11 of 54 shots.
With the win, the Americans retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship they won at the World Championships opening game from Canada, and defended successfully against Russia. Team USA, in their 24th IHLC reign, plays their first IHLC match against the Naisleijonat since the 2010 Four Nations Cup, which the U.S. won 4-0 to retain the title. The U.S., who receives an automatic bye into the Semfinals, next faces the winner of the Russia-Switzerland Quarterfinal, for both a trip to the Gold Medal Game and the IHLC.
05:58 – PEN – Helin, cross checking
06:24 – PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Marvin, Stack)
06:29 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, tripping
11:47 – GOAL – Stack (M. Lamoureux, Chesson)
14:29 – PEN – Tuominen, interference
23:05 – GOAL – Knight (Decker, Schleper)-
24:51 – GOAL – Stack (M. Lamoureux, J. Lamoureux)
25:25 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux
25:50 – GOAL – Decker (Kessel, McLaughlin)
28:02 – PEN – Valkama, interference
31:20 – PEN – Tikkinen, body checking
32:16 – PP GOAL – Stack (J. Lamoureux, M. Lamoureux)
33:34 – PEN – Hovi, body checking
34:29 – PEN – Tarkki, body checking
35:05 – PP2 GOAL – Pucci (Stack, Marvin)
38:43 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, tripping
42:32 – PEN – Villilä, body checking
42:53 – PP GOAL – Coyne (Kessel, Decker)
46:06 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Stack)
48:32 – PEN – Bellamy, tripping
52:07 – GOAL – Kessel
52:25 – PEN – Tikkinen, hooking
55:59 – PEN – Helin, tripping
W: McLaughlin (9-9)
L: Portnoj (20-26), Räisänen (23-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
16+25+13 = 54
4+2+3 = 9
Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Molly Schaus. 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, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Erika Lawler, Jenny Schmidgall (A), Kelli Stack, Taylor Wasylk.
Goaltenders: Isabella Portnoj, Meeri Räisänen. Defence: Essi Hallvar (A), Anne Helin, Jenni Hiirikoski (C), Mira Jalosuo, Anna Kilponen, Rosa Lindstedt, Terhi Mertanen, Saija Tarkki (A), Tea Villilä. Forwards: Venla Hovi, Michelle Karvinen, Venla Kotkaslahti, Annina Rajahuhta, Karoliina Rantamäki, Anni Rantanen, Henna Savikuja, Susanna Tapani, Nina Tikkinen, Minnamari Tuominen, Saana Valkama.