The U.S. Women’s National Team scored five unanswered goals in the second period and 11 players registered points to power the U.S. past Finland, 5-1, here today in the opening game of the 2018 Four Nations Cup at SaskTel Centre.
The U.S. Women’s National Team (1-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will continue preliminary round play tomorrow (Nov. 7) when it takes on Canada.
The U.S. went on the power play early, creating a scoring chance just 5:02 into the period when Hannah Brandt sent a pass through traffic to Kacey Bellamy in the right face-off circle. Bellamy ripped a shot on Noora Räty and followed up for the rebound, but both attempts were stopped by the Finnish netminder.
Finland broke the ice 8:01 into the first when Emma Nuutinen’s shot from above the hash deflected in off a U.S. defender for a 1-0 lead.
With 5:41 remaining in the first period, Caitrin Lonergan won the puck from a Finnish defender at the blue line to create a two-on-none advantage. Lonergan passed to Annie Pankowski streaking down the left wing and she sent it back across to Lonergan for the shot, but she was stopped again by Räty.
The U.S. got on the board just 11 seconds in the middle frame when Brianna Decker went top-corner on Räty with a shot from the left face-off circle. The play started in the neutral zone when Kendall Coyne fed a pass to Decker on the offensive blue line to even the score at one apiece.
The U.S. struck again 5:22 into the period when Cayla Barnes banged home a one-timer from above the crease on a pass from Megan Keller to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. Just one minute later, the U.S. tripled its advantage when Dani Cameranesi fired a shot from the half wall that was deflected in by Hilary Knight.
Sydney Brodt increased the U.S. lead to three when she one-timed home a pass from Decker in the left face-off circle with 8:28 remaining in the second period.
With 2:02 left in the period, Brandt connected with Cameranesi on Räty’s far post to tally the U.S.’s fifth goal of the frame.
The 5-1 score would hold through the end of the contest as no goals were scored in the final stanza.
NOTES: The U.S. outshot Finland, 49-10. Decker was named the U.S. Player of the Game. Rooney made nine saves for Team USA…The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996 (previously the Three Nations Cup). The U.S. is competing against Canada, Sweden and Finland in this year’s tournament. The U.S. has captured the Four Nations Cup title eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12, 2015-17), finished second 12 times and third in the 2013 tournament. The U.S. holds an overall record of 51-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 86 Three/Four Nations Cup games.
05:02 – PEN – Laitinen, body checking
08:01 – GOAL – Nuutinen (Niskanen, Laitinen)
11:17 – PEN – Räty, delay of game
15:44 – PEN – Keller, high sticking
20:13 – GOAL – Decker (Coyne, Brodt)
22:42 – PEN – Nilsson, body checking
25:21 – GOAL – Barnes (Keller, Kessel)
26:22 – GOAL – Knight (Cameranesi, Lonergan)
28:28 – GOAL – Brodt (Decker, Pfalzer)
28:50 – PEN – Rahunen, body checking
37:58 – GOAL – Cameranesi (Brandt, Knight)
46:02 – PEN – Rajahuhta, holding
46:36 – PEN – Brandt, tripping
51:07 – PEN – Nilsson, slashing
59:18 – PEN – Cameranesi, interference
W: Rooney (9-10)
L: Räty (44-49)
SHOTS ON GOAL
9+26+14 = 49
3+5+2 = 10
Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Kali Flanagan, Mikaela Gardner, Megan Keller, Sidney Morin, Emily Pfalzer. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, Sydney Brodt, Dani Cameranesi, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Caitrin Lonergan, Gigi Marvin, Annie Pankowski, Kelly Pannek, Melissa Samoskevich.
Goaltenders: Noora Räty, Eveliina Suonpää. Defence: Jenni Hiirikoski, Nelli Laitinen, Rosa Lindstedt, Isa Rahunen, Ronja Savolainen, Minnamari Tuominen (A), Ella Viitasuo. Forwards: Sanni Hakala, Elsa Holopainen, Venla Hovi (A), Matilda Nilsson, Petra Nieminen, Tanja Niskanen, Emma Nuutinen, Jenniina Nylund, Annina Rajahuhta, Noora Tulus, Viivi Vainikka, Riikka Välilä (C).
|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 5-3 FIN – 04/03/2017 – WWC – Plymouth
|Last IHLC Game
USA 3-2 CAN (SO) – 02/22/2018 – OG – Gangneung
|Next IHLC Game
USA 2-1 CAN – 11/07/2018 – FNC – Saskatoon