IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 12-1 Hungary 🇭🇺 – 01 Sep 2022


🇺🇸 United States 12-1 Hungary 🇭🇺
Women’s World Championship Quarterfinal
KVIK Hockey Arena, Herning 🇩🇰
Thursday, 01 September 2022

It’s not often that a team wins a playoff game to advance to the semi-finals of a tournament that that is of secondary importance, but that was the case this afternoon.

Hilary Knight had an assist in the second period and a goal in the third of a 12-1 U.S. romp over Hungary to become the all-time points leader in Women’s Worlds history. Her 86th and 87th career points tied and then surpassed Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser, who retired in 2016 after a hall of fame career.

The American win will likely see them play the early semi-final on Saturday against Switzerland or Czechia or Sweden, but that is dependent on the other two quarter-finals still to be played later today.

Knight’s achievement overshadowed some other special games. Amanda Kessel tied the Women’s Worlds record with five assists, while Hannah Bilka had a hat trick and two assists, and Taylor Heise had a hat trick and one assist. In all, 15 players had at least one point.

Shots favoured the U.S. by a whopping 69-10 margin.

“We focus on us,” said captain Kendall Coyne Schofield. “We focus on what we did well, what we didn’t do well, even if this score is what it was. Those details are going to make us successful at the end of the weekend. Little things we can do better about how we’re moving the puck, some of the seams that we’re seeing. Maybe it’s a line change. There are a lot of little plays, which is why we love working on our craft.”

“We didn’t allow too much in the first, but the Americans took it up a few notches in the second period,” said Hungary’s Canadian coach, Pat Cortina. “I’m really happy with the way we played our third period. It takes a lot of courage to keep playing when you’re down by ten, and we did. We came out well, doing what we could do. All in all, it’s a pretty good learning experience for our team.”

One thing was sure from the outset: Cortina was going to do what he could to avoid a blowout. And for one period, the Hungarians succeeded in spades. Hungary spent almost the entire first period in its own end, but goalie Anikó Németh was rock solid and the entire team collapsed around her to clog up the middle give the Americans nothing to shoot at.

Hungary blocked shots, got sticks on others, and played superbly around their net. The only goal came off the rush, when Taylor Heise snapped a long shot between two defenders that fooled Németh at 1:36. But the goalie settled down and stopped 18 of 19 shots she faced while her teammates managed only one harmless shot on Nicole Hensley.

The second period started off like the first – and then changed dramatically. Heise again scored early, at 1:25 this time, but it was the frst of nine goals this period as the U.S. broke apart the Hungarian defence and Németh was left helpless in the blue ice. In all, they scored four times by the 5:20 mark to ease into a 5-0 lead.

Hungary got its biggest chance to score soon after when it had a five-on-three power play for 1:22. They moved the puck around nicely and got a few decent looks at Hensley, but nothing too dangerous that the goalie couldn’t handle. After the U.S. returned to full strength, they went back on the attack, and that’s when Knight stepped up.

She got her first assist on a Hannah Bilka goal at 12:39, and three minutes later she helped set up a goal from Caroline Harvey. When Knight skated to the bench, she was mobbed by her teammates and fans, many of them friends and family of the players, applauded the achievement.

In all, the U.S. scored nine times in the second, one off a record the record set by the U.S. a the first Women’s Worlds in 1990 against Switzerland.

In a twist of fate, however, Knight had that assist taken away by the official scorer, but that mattered not because she scored early in the third to make it 11-0. So it is that goal, the record 51st of her career, that represents her Hayley-passing 87th point.

Hungary got its only goal on a power play at 12:51. They got the puck to the net and Regina Metzler got one shot off that was stopped by Aerin Frankel. The rebound came to Alexandra Huszák who smacked it in. Frankel had come on to start the third and was making her Team USA debut.

In the end, it wasn’t close. Hungary goes home with the experience, and the Americans have a day off tomorrow to prepare for the semi-finals.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:36 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Heise (Dunne, Kessel)
08:08 – 🇭🇺 PEN – Kiss-Simon, cross checking

2nd Period
21:25 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Heise (Kessel, Dunne)
22:09 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Bilka (Brandt)
24:02 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Pannek (Kessel, Coyne)
24:47 – 🇭🇺 PEN – Kiss-Simon, high sticking
25:20 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Roque (Kessel, Coyne)
27:15 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Scamurra, tripping
27:53 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Pannek, hooking
30:14 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Zumwinkle (Dunne, Barnes)
32:39 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Bilka (Knight, Harvey)
35:17 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Stecklein (Kessel, Harvey)
35:49 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Brandt (Harvey, Bilka)
38:00 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Heise (Carpenter, Roque)

3rd Period
43:00 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Knight (Bilka, Brandt)
51:03 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Kessel, interference
52:51 – 🇭🇺 PP GOAL – Huszák (Metzler, Knee)
54:42 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Bilka (Keller, Guilday)

GOALTENDERS
W: 🇺🇸 Hensley (8-8), Frankel (1-2)
L: 🇭🇺 A. Németh (49-60), Révész (8-9)

SHOTS ON GOAL
🇺🇸 18+32+19 = 69
🇭🇺 1+7+2 = 10

ROSTERS
🇺🇸 Goaltenders: Aerin Frankel, Nicole Hensley. Defence: Cayla Barnes, Jincy Dunne, Rory Guilday, Savannah Harmon, Caroline Harvey, Megan Keller, Lee Stecklein (A). Forwards: Hannah Bilka, Hannah Brandt, Alex Carpenter, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne (C), Lacey Eden, Taylor Heise, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight (A), Kelly Pannek, Abby Roque, Hayley Scamurra, Grace Zumwinkle.
🇭🇺 Goaltenders: Anikó Németh, Zsuzsa Révész. Defence: Taylor Baker, Franciska Kiss-Simon, Sarah Knee, Adél Márton, Fruzsina Mayer, Bernadett Németh, Lotti Odnoga (A). Forwards: Réka Dabasi, Fanni Gasparics (C), Imola Horváth, Alexandra Huszák (A), Kinga Jókai-Szilágyi, Regina Metzler, Zsófia Pázmándi, Alexandra Rónai, Míra Seregély, Lara Strobl, Petra Szamosfalvi.

🇺🇸 UNITED STATES (C)
vs. HUNGARY 🇭🇺
current champion
(since 30 Aug 2022)
Last Title none
147 All-Time Wins
0
1 win Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. HUN)
none
Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. HUN)
none
Last IHLC Game
🇺🇸 USA 5-2 CAN 🇨🇦 – 30 Aug 2022 – WWC – Herning 🇩🇰
Next IHLC Game
🇺🇸 USA 10-1 CZE 🇨🇿 – 03 Sep 2022 – WWC – Herning 🇩🇰

Article Credit: 2022 Women’s World Championship
Photo Credit: 2022 Women’s World Championship – IIHFHHOFIOC

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