Twelve different players tallied points as the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Sweden, 6-0, here tonight in the opening game of the 2016 Four Nations Cup.
Hannah Brandt led Team USA with two goals, while Haley Skarupa dished out three assists.
“We came out and played an up-tempo game and capitalized offensively,” said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Team. “We’ll shore up a few minor things and work to get better each game in the tournament.”
Megan Bozek staked Team USA a 1-0 lead 7:23 into the opening period with a wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic and past Sweden goaltender Lovisa Berndtsson.
Just 3:47 later, Brandt tucked home a rebound on the power play to double the U.S. lead.
Team USA continued to generate scoring chances throughout the opening frame, and earned a 3-0 lead when captain Meghan Duggan one-timed a feed by Monique Lamoureux-Morando from the left face-off circle past Berndtsson with just three seconds remaining in the period.
Knight extended the U.S. advantage to 4-0 at 8:32 of the second frame. Kendall Coyne threaded a pass through traffic to Knight, who fired a shot off the post before collecting her own rebound and backhanding the puck in for the score.
Lamoureux-Morando netted a rebound with 3:31 left in the second period to give Team USA a 5-0 lead entering the final frame.
Brandt netted her second tally with 7:24 remaining to make the final 6-0.
Alex Rigsby stopped eight shots to earn the shutout victory.
Team USA continues play in the Four Nations Cup tomorrow (Nov. 2) against host Finland in Kerava.
IHLC: With the win, Team USA wins their 15th straight in this current International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, their 28th, which dates back to the opening of the 2015 World Championships. This meeting marks the 15th IHLC meeting between the U.S. and Sweden, and the first since opening last year’s Four Nations Cup with a 6-2 win; the Americans’ record now improves to 14-1 all-time. Team USA will face Finland tomorrow, hoping to avoid an upset from the host nation and retain the IHLC in time for their showdown with Canada on November 4.
07:23 – GOAL – Bozek (Skarupa, Schleper)
10:10 – PEN – Carlsson, hooking
11:10 – PP GOAL – Brandt (Skarupa)
19:57 – GOAL – Duggan (M. Lamoureux, Keller)
20:49 – PEN – Fällman, hooking
28:32 – GOAL – Knight (Coyne)
37:29 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Knight, Decker)
38:28 – PEN – Svedin, hooking
43:16 – PEN – Skarupa, tripping
47:47 – PEN – Alasalmi, body checking
52:36 – GOAL – Brandt (Skarupa, Carpenter)
W: Rigsby (8-8)
L: Berndtsson (27-33)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+13+12 = 33
3+3+2 = 8
Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Alex Rigsby. Defence: Megan Bozek, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux (A), Emily Pfalzer, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Stephanie Anderson, Hannah Brandt, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Annie Pankowski, Haley Skarupa, Kelli Stack, Dana Trivigno.
Goaltenders: Lovisa Berndtsson, Sara Grahn. Defence: Jessica Adolfsson, Emmy Alasalmi, Linnéa Bäckman, Ebba Berglund, Johanna Fällman, Johanna Olofsson, Emilia Ramboldt (C), Annie Svedin. Forwards: Anna Borgqvist (A), Olivia Carlsson, Erika Grahm, Sara Hjalmarsson, Lisa Johansson, Maria Lindh, Michelle Löwenhielm, Hanna Olsson, Fanny Rask, Rebecca Stenberg, Erica Udén Johansson (A), Julia Östlund.