The United States finally unleashed their offensive prowess on the World Championship Group Round, thrashing Russia 9-2 on the backs of a Jocelyne Lamoureux hat trick, and goals from six different players, to advance to the Semifinals with the International Hockey Lineal Championship in tow.
While the Russians showed early promise in killing off a critical 5-on-3 power play, the Americans opened the scoring when Lamoureux banged in an Anne Schleper rebound over Russian keeper Mariya Sorokina for the 1-0 lead. Despite the shots 14-2 for Team USA in the first, the deficit remained just 1-0 into the second. However, Sorokina’s day went sour quickly, giving up quick goals to Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan early in the second. Following the trend of swapping goalies in each game, Sorokina was pulled for Valeriya Tarakanova midway through the second, seeming to inspire her teammates, who answered with a pair of quick goals from Olga Sosina and Lyudmila Belyakova to cut the score to 3-2.
But this was as close as things would get, and the floodgates opened towards the close of the second, with a Lamoureux one-timer on the power play doubling up the score at 4-2, and a wide-angle Hannah Brandt wrister putting things at 5-2 after 40 minutes, with the shots 28-4 for the Americans. A flurry of goals in the third put the game out of Russia’ reach early, with Lamoureux completing her hat trick on yet another power play goal, adding an assist 3:29 later on an Alex Carpenter goal.
The trio of Knight, Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne would continue their torrid tournament hot streak late in the third, with a Decker blast at 13:10 and Knight’s fifth goal of the tournament (and second of the night) coming on the man advantage with just 2:25 remaining in regulation, to put the score at 9-2, which would hold up as the final. Despite giving up goals on both of Russia’s second period shots, Molly Schaus still earned the “W” stopping 3 of 5 total shots, while Sorokina and Tarakanova finished with 18 and 22 saves each, respectively, giving up a total of 49 shots on the day to Team USA.
With the win, the Americans complete their perfect sweep of the World Championships Preliminary Round, winning their 28th International Hockey Lineal Championship from Canada in the tournament opener, and retaining in a 4-1 win over Finland. This marked the first meeting between the U.S. and Russia, who now goes to 0-12 all-time in IHLC matchups, since the 2012 World Championships, where the Americans crushed the Russians by a similar 9-0 score. The Americans now receive a bye into the Semifinals, where they await their next challenger on April 3, with a trip to their 16th straight Gold Medal Game and the IHLC on the line.
01:33 – PEN – Tkachyova, body checking
02:30 – PEN – Belyakova, tripping
11:03 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Schleper, Duggan)
18:36 – PEN – Kadirova, delay of game
22:58 – GOAL – Knight (Decker, Stecklein)
25:31 – GOAL – Duggan (Carpenter)
26:57 – GOAL – Sosina (Shukina, Goncharenko)
29:01 – GOAL – Belyakova (Gavrilova)
31:23 – PEN – M. Lamoureux, hooking
37:19 – PEN – Shibanova, tripping
37:59 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Schleper)
39:15 – GOAL – Brandt (Skarupa)
39:34 – PEN – Tkachyova, hooking
42:59 – PEN – Gavrilova, holding
44:16 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Schleper)
47:55 – GOAL – Carpenter (J. Lamoureux, Stecklein)
48:56 – PEN – Gavrilova, body checking
49:46 – PEN – Goncharenko, hooking
53:10 – GOAL – Decker (Knight)
55:54 – PEN – Trivigno, holding
55:54 – PEN – Vafina, hooking
57:21 – PEN – Kapustina, high sticking
57:35 – PP GOAL – Knight (Keller)
59:06 – PEN – Silina, tripping
W: Schaus (3-5)
L: Sorokina (18-21), Tarakanova (22-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
14+14+21 = 49
2+2+1 = 5
Goaltenders: Molly Schaus, Jessie Vetter. Defence: Kacey Bellamy, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux, Michelle Picard, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter (A), Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker (A), Meghan Duggan (C), Zoe Hickel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Annie Pankowski, Haley Skarupa, Dana Trivigno.
Goaltenders: Mariya Sorokina, Valeriya Tarakanova. Defence: Angelina Goncharenko, Alexandra Kapustina (A), Mariya Pechnikova, Nina Pirogova, Anna Shibanova, Anna Shukina (C), Svetlana Tkachyova. Forwards: Lyudmila Belyakova, Tatyana Burina, Yelena Dergachyova, Yevgeniya Dyupina, Iya Gavrilova (A), Fanuza Kadirova, Valeriya Pavlova, Tatyana Shibanova, Yelena Silina, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolina, Olga Sosina, Alexandra Vafina.