The American squad used their final game before their Group A showdown with Canada to make a bold statement, and with a 9-0 shellacking of a well-rounded Swiss squad on goals from six different players, the U.S. enters their Canada tilt brimming with confidence, and with the IHLC in tow.
While the Swiss squad did manage to hold the Americans at bay in the opening minutes of the period, the onslaught of goals began just over nine minutes into the first, with a Monique Lamoureux five-hole shot past Florence Schelling. The proverbial shelling of Schelling then broke an Olympic record, as rapid tallies from Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel within a 55 second span suddenly put the U.S. up 3-0 in less than a minute. Kessel and Hilary Knight added two more tallies within two minutes of each other less than five minutes later, ending a miserable Swiss period up 5-0.
The pace “slowed” in the second for the Swiss, as Schelling only conceded a single goal, Monique Lamoureux’s second of the game, her second passing play with twin sister Jocelyne. While the goal damage was limited, the Swiss only managed two shots in the second, compared to Team USA’s sixteen. But there was déjà vu in the third, as another rapid pair of goals from Kendall Coyne made the score 8-0, and following Alex Carpenter’s ninth and final goal with less than five minutes remaining, the beatdown was finally over, with the Americans outshooting, outskating, and completely outscoring a stunned Swiss squad, which managed a much better effort in their Olympic opener against Canada.
Lamoureux, Kessel and Coyne all finished with two goals, with Kessel and Coyne wrapping the game with four points, and seven U.S. players totaling two or more points on the night. American netminder Molly Schaus recorded a shutout being largely unchallenged on only ten shots, six of which were in the first. On the other end of the ice, Schelling, while putting forward a valiant effort, stopped 44 of 53 shots en route to Switzerland’s second straight loss.
With the victory, the U.S. retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship they won from Canada in December, in a four-game pre-Olympic series that they swept. The U.S. opened their Olympic IHLC defence with a 3-1 win over Finland on February 8, and retained in their first IHLC game against Switzerland since the 2012 World Championship Semifinals, where the U.S. crushed the Swiss 10-0 to qualify for the Gold Medal Game. The U.S., in the midst of their 27th IHLC reign, face their perennial rivals Canada next with the IHLC on the line.
03:29 – PEN – Carpenter, hooking
09:20 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Duggan)
10:07 – GOAL – Decker (Kessel, Knight)
10:15 – GOAL – Kessel (Coyne)
14:23 – GOAL – Knight (Stack, Chu)
15:14 – PEN – Forster, body checking
15:42 – PP GOAL – Kessel (Coyne, Decker)
23:46 – PEN – Chu, high sticking
29:12 – PEN – L. Benz, delay of game
33:26 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Stecklein)
40:49 – GOAL – Coyne (Stack)
43:59 – GOAL – Coyne (Kessel, Bozek)
50:45 – PEN – L. Benz, body checking
51:04 – PEN – Stanz, tripping
55:39 – GOAL – Carpenter (Pucci)
W: Schaus (10-10)
L: Schelling (44-53)
SHOTS ON GOAL
17+16+20 = 53
6+2+2 = 10
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin, Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Alexandra Carpenter, Julie Chu, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Lyndsey Fry, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Kelli Stack.
Goaltenders: Sophie Anthamatten, Florence Schelling. Defence: Livia Altmann, Laura Benz, Nicole Bullo, Sarah Forster, Angela Frautschi, Julia Marty (C), Lara Stalder, Sandra Thalmann. Forwards: Sara Benz (A), Romy Eggimann, Jessica Lutz, Stefanie Marty, Alina Müller, Katrin Nahbolz (A), Evelina Raselli, Phoebe Stanz, Anja Stiefel, Nina Waidacher.