The Cinderella run of the German squad came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Team USA, handing the Träger der Adler an 11-0 spanking in the 2017 World Championship Semifinal, punching a ticket to the Gold Medal Game and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
It was a valiant effort by the Germans, but their luck had run out by this point, simply unable to stop the U.S. juggernaut. A 2-0 lead after the first, on goals by Hilary Knight and Kelli Stack, was a tad misleading, as it was Jennifer Harß’s performance keeping the score so low, as the shots after one were 15-4 in favour of the home team.
The full collapse came in the second, where the Americans struck five times in a span of 4:13 to suddenly blow up the scoreboard to a 7-0 lead, on the backs of a pair of goals by Kendall Coyne, and individual markers from Emily Pfalzer, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Megan Keller. Harß was pulled midway through the second, following the Keller goal, and backup Ivonne Schröder managed to keep the Americans off the scoresheet for the final ten minutes, despite the shots being a staggering 19-1 in the U.S.’ favour.
Schröder’s pain would be felt in the third, with the shots 16-3 this time, and now a quartet of goals sealing the easy U.S. victory. Amanda Pelkey, Monique Lamoureux and Haley Skarupa struck in the third, and Alex Carpenter added a power play tally with just 13 seconds remaining as the final nail in the coffin, granting Nicole Hensley the easy 8-save shutout.
With the victory, the Americans retain their 30th International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won from Canada to open the Worlds, and retained in victories against Russia and Finland. This marks the eleventh attempt by Germany to capture the women’s IHLC, and the fifth meeting ever between the U.S. and Germany, the first since the 2006 Turin Olympics, which yielded a 5-0 result. As with the previous seventeen World Championships, the Americans will now face Canada for Gold, as well as the IHLC, in what will surely be another spectacular finale.
01:06 – GOAL – Knight (Coyne)
08:47 – GOAL – Stack (Skarupa, M. Lamoureux)
11:23 – PEN – Delarbre, slashing
20:16 – PEN – Kamenik, tripping
22:02 – PP GOAL – Coyne (Decker, M. Lamoureux)
22:38 – GOAL – Pfalzer (Kessel, Keller)
23:24 – GOAL – J. Lamoureux (Stack)
24:22 – GOAL – Coyne (Knight, Decker)
26:15 – GOAL – Keller (Kessel)
28:49 – PEN – Rothemund, slashing
41:06 – PEN – Bellamy, interference
44:19 – GOAL – Pelkey (Bellamy, Kessel)
51:02 – PEN – Kratzer, tripping
53:06 – GOAL – M. Lamoureux (Decker, Knight)
54:10 – GOAL – Skarupa (Stack)
58:30 – PEN – Rothemund, illegal hit
59:47 – PP GOAL – Carpenter (Keller)
W: Hensley (8-8)
L: Harß (19-26), Schröder (20-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
15+19+16 = 50
4+1+3 = 8
Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Alex Rigsby. 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: Jennifer Harß, Ivonne Schröder. Defence: Anne Bartsch, Tabea Botthof, Lana Düsterhöft, Tanja Eisenschmid, Anna-Maria Fiegert, Darla Gleißner (A), Rebecca Graeve, Ronja Jenike, Yvonne Rothemund, Carina Strobel. Forwards: Manuela Anwander, Marie Delarbre, Nicola Eisenschmid, Nina Kamenik, Bernadette Karpf, Laura Kluge, Sophie Kratzer, Andrea Lanzl (A), Kerstin Spielberger, Julia Zorn (C).