Team USA, fresh off a tight victory over Canada to start the 2017 World Championships, flexed their offensive muscle against a hapless Russian squad, stamping a 7-0 thumping to improve to 2-0 and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
With Finland acting as spoiler earlier in the day by upsetting Canada, it looked as if Russian keeper Mariya Sorokina may have been the second spoiler of the day, standing on her head for much of the first period, despite two early U.S. power plays. She only conceded a single goal late in the period, an Amanda Kessel rebound, to keep things tight at 1-0 after twenty minutes.
But the expected onslaught materialized by the second period, with Kendall Coyne and Jocelyne Lamoureux scoring 56 seconds apart to suddenly put the game at 3-0. Jocelyne would add her second goal of the night with 23 seconds left in the frame, completely freezing Sorokina with a nifty deke, pulling her well out of her net and sliding a power play tally past to put things at 4-0.
The third period belonged to the American power trio of Coyne, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight, with Decker notching her first of two on the frame on a 4-on-2 (yes, a 4-on-2) break for the Americans. Coyne and Decker would each add their second of the night in the final minute of play, to add final insult to injury for Sorokina, who ended the night stopping 27 of 34. By comparison, Maddie Rooney on the other end needed to stop just 14 on the night for the easy shutout, including only three shots in the third period.
With the win, the Americans retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, their 30th title, which they won 24 hours earlier from Canada in the tournament opener. The win marks Team USA’s 14th consecutive IHLC win over Russia, who have yet to defeat the Americans, and the first since a pair of wins at last year’s Worlds, by scores of 8-0 and 9-0, respectively. The Americans finish out the Group Round in two days’ time against Finland for the IHLC.
07:09 – PEN – Shukina, tripping
09:09 – PEN – Shibanova, hooking
13:27 – PEN – Decker, hooking
16:04 – PEN – team, too many players
16:35 – PEN – Bellamy, tripping
18:37 – GOAL – Kessel (M. Lamoureux, Decker)
22:16 – PEN – Shukina, slashing
22:28 – PEN – Keller, roughing
32:08 – GOAL – Coyne (Decker, Bellamy)
33:04 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Kessel, Keller)
38:54 – PEN – Vafina, interference
39:37 – PP GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Coyne, M. Lamoureux)
49:15 – GOAL – Decker (Knight)
59:39 – GOAL – Coyne (Knight, M. Lamoureux)
59:53 – GOAL – Decker (Bellamy, Coyne)
W: Rooney (14-14)
L: Sorokina (27-34)
SHOTS ON GOAL
12+12+10 = 34
4+7+3 = 14
Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Monique Lamoureux (A), Emily Pfalzer, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey, Haley Skarupa, Kelli Stack.
Goaltenders: Nadezhda Morozova, Mariya Sorokina. Defence: Maria Batalova, Liana Ganeyeva, Angelina Goncharenko, Yekaterina Lobova, Nina Pirogova, Anna Shibanova, Anna Shukina. Forwards: Lyudmila Belyakova, Yelena Dergachyova (A), Yevgeniya Dyupina, Iya Gavrilova (A), Fanuza Kadirova, Lidia Malyavko, Elina Mitrofanova, Alevtina Shtaryova, Anna Shukhina, Galina Skiba, Yekaterina Smolentseva, Olga Sosina (C), Alexandra Vafina.