IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 8-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ – 13 Apr 2019

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States 8-0 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Womenโ€™s World Championship Semifinal
Espoo Metro Areena, Espooย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Saturday, 13 April 2019

The hockey gods ordained that the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Womenโ€™s World Championship would not witness back-to-back semi-final upsets. Sparked by Hilary Knight’s five-point night, the U.S. hammered Russia 8-0 to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game against host Finland, which defeated Canada 4-2 earlier.

Knight, the ultimate power forward in this sport, leads the tournament with seven goals and 11 points.

It is the first Womenโ€™s Worlds final that wonโ€™t feature both North American superpowers. The only other comparable case is Sweden upsetting the U.S. in the 2006 Olympic semi-finalย before losing the Gold medal game to Canada.

The current Americans, who are both reigning Olympic champions and four-time defending world champions, will face a different challenge in Finland. It’s an exciting moment for international women’s hockey, which moves one step closer to parity.

With Sweden getting relegated and the Finns playing for Gold, the inaugural 10-team Womenโ€™s Worlds has truly been a tournament of surprises.

In the semi-final, the U.S., which has won seven of the last eight Women’s Worlds, outshot the Russians 49-11, and the result was never in doubt. The porous Russian defence was overwhelmed.

Russia will attempt to secure its fourth Bronze medal (2001, 2013, 2016) in Womenโ€™s World history versus Canada. All the others came versus Finland.

The Americans are chipping away at the record books here in Espoo.

Versus the Russians, Knight scored twice, including the first-period winner, and added three assists. The two-time Women’s Worlds MVP now has 43 career goals at this tournament, just one goal back of the all-time leader, retired U.S. legend Cammi Granato. Knight wears #21 in honour of Granato, whose hockey camps she attended with Kendall Coyne Schofield as a youngster.

The semi-final was also Knightโ€™s 51st Womenโ€™s Worlds game. That sets a new record for U.S. players, surpassing the previous joint record-holders, Jenny Potter (nรฉe Schmidgall) and Angela Ruggiero.

With her fourth win, U.S. goalie Alex Rigsby tied the record for most wins in one Womenโ€™s Worlds, which she shares with five other netminders.

Meanwhile, Kelly Pannek had two goals and an assist, and Megan Bozek and Emily Pfalzer had a goal and an assist apiece. Annie Pankowski and Hayley Scamurra each potted a single. Dani Cameranesi chipped in a pair of assists.

The Americans emphasize focusing on themselves and sticking with their process, and thatโ€™s what yielded the opening goal at 11:07.

It was a simple play. Pannek came down the right side and unleashed a quick shot that Russian starter Anna Prugova couldnโ€™t handle. Knight banged in the rebound. The 29-year-old is the only player at these Womenโ€™s Worlds who has scored in every game.

At 3:45 of the second period, Pankowski made it 2-0 when she muscled her way from the corner to the slot and scored with a floater through traffic. Knight dipsy-doodled past Russian defender Liana Ganeyeva and then centered it to a pinching Pfalzer for the 3-0 marker at 6:18.

Bozek powered a slapper through the goalie to put the U.S. up 4-0 at 9:59. And just 24 seconds later, Pannek darted into the zone and flung a bad-angle shot that somehow found the twine. That ended Prugovaโ€™s night, and Valeria Merkusheva came in.

Knight hammered a power play goal from the top of the right faceoff circle past Merkusheva to make it 6-0 at 18:13.

In the third period, Scamurra scored her first Women’s Worlds goal. It was credited to the 2019 NWHL scoring champ from the Buffalo Beauts, after a video review put time back on the clock, at 6:50. Pannek rounded out the scoring, making it 8-0 at 11:33.

This was the 15th consecutive U.S. win over Russia at this tournament. The Americans have outscored Russian by a total of 138-8.

1st Period
11:07 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Knight (Pannek, Cameranesi)
13:15 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Shibanova, tripping

2nd Period
23:45 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Pankowski (Decker)
26:18 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Pfalzer (Knight, Picard)
26:54 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Sosina, slashing
29:59 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Bozek (Knight)
30:23 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Pannek (Stecklein)
33:50 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Savonina, hooking
38:13 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Knight (Pfalzer)

3rd Period
42:36 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Teryoshkina, holding
42:48 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Batalova, cross checking
46:50 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ GOAL – Scamurra (Bozek, Keller)
49:41 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Chistyakova, tripping
51:33 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ PP GOAL – Pannek (Knight, Cameranesi)
55:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Dergachyova, cross checking

W: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rigsby (11-11)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Prugova (23-28), Merkusheva (18-21)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 15+19+15 = 49
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 5+3+3 = 11

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Goaltenders: Alex Rigsby, Maddie Rooney. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy (A), Megan Bozek, Megan Keller, Emily Pfalzer, Michelle Picard, Lee Stecklein. Forwards: Hannah Brandt, 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.ย Defence: Maria Batalova, Anastasiya Chistyakova, Liana Ganeyeva, Yekaterina Nikolaeva, Nina Pirogova, Anna Savonina, Anna Shibanova (C), Darya Teryoshkina.ย 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
134 All-Time Wins
16 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‡ธ USA 10-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 09 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espoo ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 4-0 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 11 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espoo ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA 2-1 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ (SO) โ€“ 14 Apr 2019 โ€“ WWC โ€“ Espoo ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ…

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



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