IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 10-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ – 09 Apr 2019

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 10-0 Russiaย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Womenโ€™s World Championship Preliminary Round
Espoo Metro Areena, Espooย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Tuesday, 09 April 2019

U.S. captain Kendall Coyne Schofield and defender Lee Stecklein both scored twice as the Americans completed their perfect Group A run with a 10-0 pounding of Russia on Tuesday.

The U.S. will face Japan in the quarter-finals on Thursday, while the Russians take on Switzerland.

“I think it’s going to be really exciting,” Stecklein said. “I don’t know if I’ve personally played Japan since maybe in U18’s. But they’ve come a long way as a program. We got to watch a little bit of their game before. They definitely look fast. We’ll definitely have to watch some film and see what we’ve got coming.”

Japan and the U.S. have only met twice before in senior IIHF competition. The U.S. won 10-0 at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan and 8-0 at the 2009 Women’s Worlds in Hรคmeenlinna, Finland.

The Group A-leading Americans have a goal difference of 27-4 in their four wins. Itโ€™s been a smooth Womenโ€™s Worlds debut for U.S. head coach Bob Corkum so far.

Brianna Decker had a goal and an assist, and Amanda Kessel, Cayla Barnes, Megan Bozek, Hilary Knight, and Melissa Samoskevich also scored for the Americans. Annie Pankowski chipped in three assists and Alex Carpenter had two assists. Top U.S. goalie Alex Rigsby claimed her third career Women’s Worlds shutout as the Americans outshot Russia 44-12.

“That’s a pretty shameful score right now,” said Russia’s Alexandra Vafina. “I know this is the game and we still have to learn, but it’s not like what we need to accept, because this is the World Championship. This game is what we worked for all year. So I’m really upset about the score.”

It bodes well for America in case these sides meet again in the semi-finals. The U.S. has now beaten Russia 14 straight times at the Womenโ€™s Worlds by a combined total of 130-8.

As against Canada, the Russians simply couldnโ€™t keep up with the torrid pace their North American opponents set. Except this was even more overwhelming.

“I really liked our second and third periods, especially the way we were moving the puck and trying new things, definitely working on timing and chemistry,” Stecklein said. “It was exciting to see some things come together.”

The U.S. showcased its trademark playmaking on its opening marker at 2:07. From behind the goal line, Kelly Pannek found Carpenter in the left faceoff circle, and she sent it to Kessel at the edge of the crease for the tap-in.

At 13:44, defender Barnes, a 20-year-old 2018 Olympic Gold medalist who entered this game with three assists, waltzed in and flung a high shot past Russian starter Valentina Merkushevaโ€™s blocker for her first career Womenโ€™s Worlds goal.

Just 17 seconds later, Coyne Schofield capitalized on a Russian turnover and blitzed in to score five-hole.

In the second period, the U.S. defence continued to get involved. First, Bozek fired a howitzer from the blue line past Merkushevaโ€™s glove at 3:50 for a 4-0 lead. Then, Stecklein pinched in to convert Sydney Brodtโ€™s centering pass from the corner at 8:18. It was Steckleinโ€™s first goal in 22 career Women’s Worlds games (in fact, her first ever in IIHF competition), and she still had more in store.

Coyne Schofield was happy to see her Minnesota Whitecaps teammate get that first goal: “I think it comes as a surprise for a lot of us, just because of what she contributes every day to this program. It’s awesome to see a win like this, for everybody to contribute, and going into the quarter-finals.”

“It felt really good,” Stecklein said. “It always feels good to score. I will say, though, that the team internally, you never feel like you’re less than if you haven’t gotten one. We’re really good about supporting every role, no matter what it is. It’s something we work really hard at to make sure everyone feels valued. I’ve always felt valued, but it is still really fun to score. It puts a smile on my face.”

Knight made it 6-0 on a Carpenter set-up at 12:41, although that was only verified after a lengthy video review.

Russiaโ€™s being thoroughly outmatched was underscored by the fact it was already 6-0 when the Russians took their first two minors of the game back-to-back late in the second period. Poor discipline was not to blame.

Coyne Schofield made it 7-0 with 53 seconds left in the middle frame. The Americans moved the puck around with magical flair, as Decker sent it down to Pankowski and she found the speedy captain for a hair-trigger release.

Coyne Schofield, who currently leads her team with seven points, said there was no room for complacency: “There’s so much to do to get better. We didn’t spend much time in our D-zone, so I’m sure we’ll work on that. But it’s taking away the positives, looking at the film, and seeing what we can do better, because you can always get better, especially at this level.”

In the third period, Decker showed the benefit of going to the dirty areas as she got flattened in front but converted a nice Pankowski feed at 6:01 preceded by some dipsy-doodling. Veteran defender Kacey Bellamy, returning to the lineup after resting against Switzerland, drew the second assist.

Stecklein made it 9-0 at 12:11 on a video-reviewed play. And Samoskevich added her second of the tournament with 2:48 left to round out the scoring.

“They have quick feet,” Vafina said of the Americans. “We need to adjust to that game. Probably we need more games with them during the season, maybe. I am really amazed by their game. We still have a lot of work to do.”

It was not the largest margin of defeat ever in a Russia-U.S. game. The Americans beat Russia 15-0 at the 2000 Women’s Worlds.

At least the Russians didn’t allow the U.S. to score twice in six seconds, as Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson did in Olympic record-setting fashion last year in a 5-0 group win prior to capturing the PyeongChang Gold medal.

Coach Alexei Chistyakov’s group will just have to put this shellacking behind them as they prepare to meet the Swiss, whom they edged 2-1 in the round-robin.

1st Period
02:07 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Kessel (Carpenter, Pannek)
07:25 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Scamurra, high sticking
13:44 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Barnes (Keller)
14:01 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Coyne

2nd Period
23:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Bozek (Pankowski, Picard)
28:18 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธGOAL – Stecklein (Brodt, Scamurra)
32:41 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Knight (Carpenter, Pfalzer)
32:41 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Bratisheva, tripping
37:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Batalova, tripping
39:07 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PP GOAL – Coyne (Pankowski, Decker)

3rd Period
46:01 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Decker (Pankowski, Bellamy)
48:31 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PEN – Pannek, tripping
52:11 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Stecklein
53:36 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – team, too many players
57:12 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Samoskevich

W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rigsby (12-12)
L:ย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Merkusheva (15-20), Prugova (19-24)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 14+18+12 = 44
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 3+1+8 = 12

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer, Michelle Picard, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Sydney Brodt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne (C), Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight (A), Annie Pankowski, Kelly Pannek, Melissa Samoskevich, Hayley Scamurra.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Valeriya Merkusheva, Anna Prugova. Defence: Maria Batalova, Anastasiya Chistyakova, Liana Ganeyeva, Yekaterina Nikolaeva, Nina Pirogova, Anna Savonina, Anna Shibanova (C), Darya Teryoshkina. Forwards: Oksana Bratisheva, Yelena Dergachyova, Fanuza Kadirova, Diana Kanayeva, Viktoriya Kulishova, Valeriya Pavlova, Anna Shokhina (A), Alevtina Shtaryova, Yekaterina Smolina, Olga Sosina (A), Anna Timofeeva, Alexandra Vafina.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ UNITED STATES (C) vs. RUSSIA ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
current champion
(since 06 Apr 2019)
Last Title 05 Jan 2009
132 All-Time Wins
15 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 9-0 RUSย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 29 Mar 2001 โ€“ EX โ€“ Mankato ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 7-0 RUSย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 01 Apr 2017 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Plymouth ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 8-0 SUI ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ โ€“ 07 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espoo ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 4-0 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 11 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espoo ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Article Credit:ย  2019 Womenโ€™s World Championship
Photo Credit:ย 2019 Womenโ€™s World Championshipย – IIHFHHOFIOC



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