Team USA throttled a defenceless (in more ways than one) Swiss squad to advance to their 14th straight World Championships Gold Medal Game, getting goals from nine different scorers en route to retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
The U.S. opened the offensive onslaught just under three minutes in, with Kelli Stack walking in alone on Swiss goalie Florence Schelling, roofing a high wrister to go ahead 1-0. Stack would strike again just under six minutes later, receiving a gift in a brutal giveaway from Swiss defender Nicole Bullo, and beating Schelling one-on-one with a beautiful deke, stopping on a dime in front of Schelling to pot her second straight. Brianna Decker would make it 3-0 after one, ripping an Amanda Kessel one-timer with 3:19 to go in the first. The onslaught continued in the second, with a behind-the-net feed from Hilary Knight giving Julie Chu Team USA’s fourth goal, and Kendall Coyne adding a fifth just under seven minutes later, tipping in a Kessel rebound to go ahead 5-0.
The U.S. would match their first period scoring total, with a Gigi Marvin point shot (assisted by a Monique Lamoureux screen) making it 2-0 after two. The beatdown proceeded into the third, with Megan Bozek, Josephine Pucci and Erika Lawler striking in a span of just 49 seconds, prompting Schelling to be pulled after 9 goals on 68 shots. Sophie Anthamatten did not fare much better, conceding Team USA’s tenth and final goal to a Jocelyne Lamoureux tip in just under four minutes into her start. The game ended with an easy shutout for Molly Schaus, turning away only ten shots, while the U.S. pounded both Schelling and Anthamatten with a spectacular 80 shots, including 31 alone in the first, en route to the blowout victory.
With the win, the U.S. wins their fifth consecutive game in their 24th ongoing reign as International Hockey Lineal Champions, which they won from Canada in the World Championships opener, and defended successfully against Russia and Finland. The Americans and Swiss last met over the IHLC at the Twelve Nations Tournament last August, where the U.S. won by another ten-goal margin, 11-1, to retain the IHLC. The U.S. next will face their perennial rivals, Canada, in the Gold Medal Game, the fourteenth consecutive Worlds Gold Medal Game between the two nations.
02:29 – PEN – M. Waidacher, tripping
02:52 – PP GOAL – Stack (Marvin, J. Lamoureux)
07:31 – PEN – Chu, hooking
09:09 – SH GOAL – Stack
16:41 – GOAL – Decker (Kessel, Coyne)
22:16 – GOAL – Chu (Knight, Marvin)
29:01 – GOAL – Coyne (Kessel, Pucci)
32:03 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, hooking
34:32 – PEN – Stiefel, tripping
35:13 – PP GOAL – Marvin
41:47 – PEN – Frautschi, tripping
44:56 – GOAL – Bozek (Kessel, Coyne)
45:24 – GOAL – Pucci (Chu, Chesson)
45:45 – GOAL – Lawler (Pucci)
46:12 – PEN – Pucci, tripping
49:31 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Picard, Pucci)
59:24 – PEN – Lehmann, body checking
W: Schaus (10-10)
L: Schelling (59-68), Anthamatten (11-12)
SHOTS ON GOAL
31+24+25 = 80
2+5+3 = 10
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.
Goaltenders: Sophie Anthamatten, Florence Schelling. Defence: Nicole Bullo (A), Sarah Forster, Angela Frautschi, Julia Marty (A), Rahel Michielin, Johanna Vuille-dit-Bille, Sabrina Zollinger. Forwards: Andrea Fischer, Kathrin Lehmann (C), Darcia Leimgruber, Stefanie Marty, Katrin Nabholz, Evelina Raselli, Phoebe Stanz, Martina Steck, Anja Stiefel, Monika Waidacher, Nina Waidacher.