The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Finland, 7-0, here today and will play Canada in tomorrow’s first-place game at the 2015 Four Nations Cup.
Kelli Stack and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson had three points (2-1) each and Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle stopped all 12 shots she faced. The U.S. is now undefeated in three games and has outscored its opponents 16-2.
“We played well right from the start and were really on top of our game,” said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team. “We moved the puck extremely well, created a lot of offensive chances and converted. We’re excited to advance and face Canada tomorrow.”
The U.S. opened the scoring on the power play at 4:31 of the first period and tallied three goals in a 1:46 span to go up 3-0 and force Finland to switch goaltenders. Kendall Coyne notched the first one on a goal mouth scramble, followed quickly by Lamoureux-Davidson who fired a shot over the goaltender’s glove hand. Allie Thunstrom would pick up the rebound of a Stack shot and put it past a scrambling goaltender.
Stack added two more goals for the U.S. in the opening frame, including one on the power play, to go into the intermission with a 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless second period, the U.S would extend the lead in the third period with goals by Monique Lamoureux at 5:37 on the power play and Lamoureux-Davidson’s second of the game at 14:04.
03:01 – PEN – Valkama, hooking
04:31 – PP GOAL – Knight (Decker, J. Lamoureux)
05:28 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Anderson)
06:17 – GOAL – Thunstrom (Stack)
06:30 – PEN – Bellamy, hooking
11:30 – PEN – Hovi, holding
13:28 – PP GOAL – Stack (Pfalzer)
16:22 – GOAL – Stack (Gagliardi, M. Lamoureux)
29:58 – PEN – Duggan, hooking
41:21 – PEN – J. Lamoureux, tripping
44:06 – PEN – Hiirikoski, holding
45:37 – PP GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Gagliardi)
50:11 – PEN – Karvinen, body checking
54:04 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux, Gagliardi)
W: McLaughlin (12-12)
L: Räisänen (4-7), Räty (28-32)
SHOTS ON GOAL
18+14+7 = 39
3+3+6 = 12
Goaltenders: Brianne McLaughlin, Alex Rigsby. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Alyssa Gagliardi, Monique Lamoureux (A), Emily Pfalzer, Anne Schleper. Forwards: Stephanie Anderson, Kendall Coyne, Shiann Darkangelo, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Zoe Hickel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Amanda Pelkey, Jordan Smelker, Kelli Stack, Allie Thunstrom.
Goaltenders: Meeri Räisänen, Noora Räty. Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski (C), Mira Jalosuo, Anna Kilponen, Marjut Klemola, Rosa Lindstedt, Niina Mäkinen, Eve Savander, Ronja Savolainen. Forwards: Sanni Hakala, Venla Hovi, Michelle Karvinen (A), Riikka Nieminen (A), Tanja Niskanen, Emma Nuutinen, Suvi Ollikainen, Karoliina Rantamäki, Vilma Tanskanen, Susanna Tapani, Noora Tulus, Saana Valkama.
|UNITED STATES (C)||vs.||FINLAND|
|First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. FIN)
USA 9-0 FIN – 04/05/2001 – WWC – Minneapolis
|Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. FIN)
USA 4-1 FIN – 03/29/2015 – WWC – Malmö
|Last IHLC Game
USA 3-0 CAN – 11/05/2015 – FNC – Kovland
|Next IHLC Game
USA 3-2 CAN (OT) – 11/08/2015 – FNC – Sundsvall