Kendall Coyne scored twice as the U.S. Women’s National Team topped Sweden, 5-0, here today in Wesley Chapel, Florida, in game three of the 2017 Four Nations Cup.
“I am very happy with our movement tonight,” said Robb Stauber, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach. “It was probably the best movement we have had in the tournament. We are excited to get back on the ice Sunday and compete for the championship.”
Team USA got off to a strong start with a great chance from Hannah Brandt firing a shot from the point that rang the post just over three minutes into play. Kacey Bellamy then capitalized on the power play when she banged home a rebound off a Brianna Decker shot, putting Team USA on the board 4:23 into the first frame. With just under two minutes remaining in the period, U.S. goaltender Nicole Hensley made a save off a Swedish breakaway, maintaining the Team USA 1-0 lead entering intermission.
Just 1:35 into the second period, Cayla Barnes skated the puck down the right side and let loose a shot that was tipped in by Coyne. Just over five minutes into the frame, Coyne scored her second goal of the night, skating the puck through the slot and firing it past Swedish goaltender Sara Grahn. With 10:09 left in the second, Brandt sent a wrist shot home from the slot, giving the U.S. a four-goal lead entering the final period of play.
Gigi Marvin opened the scoring in the third frame, skating behind the net for a wraparound goal just over four minutes in, accounting for the 5-0 final. Hensley made 9 saves in the shutout victory.
Team USA (3-0-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) advances to the Four Nations Cup championship game against Canada, which will be held Sunday (Nov. 12) at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida.
IHLC: With the win, the Americans retain their 31st and current International Hockey Lineal Championship, which they won two days earlier from Canada in Wesley Chapel. This marks the 16th IHLC tilt between the U.S. and Sweden (which the U.S. leads 15-1), and marks their first meeting since last year’s Four Nations Cup in Finland, a 6-0 American victory to open the tournament. Team USA will now roll into the Gold Medal Game against Canada with bragging rights, momentum for the 2018 Olympics, and the IHLC all on the line.
03:54 – PEN – Carlsson, high sticking
04:23 – PP GOAL – Bellamy (Knight)
07:02 – PEN – Coyne, slashing
08:49 – PEN – Fällman, holding
11:32 – PEN – Pelkey, high sticking
14:26 – PEN – Lundberg
17:52 – PEN – Svedin, cross checking
21:35 – GOAL – Coyne (Barnes)
24:56 – GOAL – Coyne (Pannek, Brandt)
27:36 – PEN – Winberg, body checking
29:51 – GOAL – Brandt (Pfalzer, Keller)
32:58 – PEN – Svedin, holding
35:56 – PEN – Barnes, tripping
41:27 – PEN – Lundberg, body checking
44:03 – GOAL – Marvin (Keller)
45:36 – PEN – Borgqvist, holding
58:25 – PEN – Küller, tripping
W: Hensley (9-9)
L: Grahn (39-44)
SHOTS ON GOAL
12+14+18 = 44
4+5+0 = 9
Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Megan Keller, Gigi Marvin, Emily Pfalzer, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan (C), Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey.
Goaltenders: Sara Grahn, Minatsu Murase. Defence: Emmy Alasalmi, Johanna Fällman, Elin Lundberg, Johanna Olofsson, Emilia Ramboldt (C), Annie Svedin. Forwards: Anna Borgqvist (A), Olivia Carlsson, Erika Grahm, Sara Hjalmarsson, Lisa Johansson, Sabina Küller, Maria Lindh, Emma Nordin, Hanna Olsson, Fanny Rask, Rebecca Stenberg, Erika Udén Johansson, Pernilla Winberg (A).