OTTAWA, Ont. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Finland 4-2 at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship here today at Scotiabank Place.
"Finland competed hard and made it a great game but we're glad to have our first win under our belt," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "We're looking forward to building on our game."
Team USA got off to a fast start and led 2-0 midway through the first period on goals by Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.). Finland responded with a goal at 12:39 to narrow the margin to 2-1. Team USA turned up the pressure with Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) tallying a power play goal at 17:26 to regain a two-goal edge. Lamoureux added her second goal of the game after walking in alone on a cross-ice feed from her sister, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.).
After being outshot 10-1 in the first period, Finland managed to gain some momentum and scored the only goal of the period to head into the locker room down 4-2. The United States controlled the tempo in the third period and outshot Finland 20-4. Brianne McLaughlin made her first start of the of the tournament and stopped 11 of the 13 shots she faced.
The U.S. will continue round-robin play against Switzerland on Friday (April 5) at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NOTES: Monique Lamoureux was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play, while holding Finland scoreless on six power-play chances ... FASTHockey is offering live streaming of all games during the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship ... Exclusive behind-the-scenes content will be available throughout the tournament at womensworlds.usahockey.com ... Conversation will take place on Twitter via @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores using the hashtag #2013WWC, while content will also be posted to Facebook.com/USAHockey ... Members of the U.S. Women's National Team range in age from 18-31. Lee Stecklein is the youngest player, while Julie Chu is the oldest ... Team USA has won four gold medals and 10 silvers in the 14 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last six world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... Joining Katey Stone as assistant coaches are Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay ... Robb Stauber is serving as the goaltending coach and scout, while Bret Hedican is the video coach.
Scoring By Period
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Chesson), 5:06; 2, USA, Decker (Marvin, Kessel), 10:35; 3, FIN, Linstedt (Rantamaki, Tikkinen), 12:39; 4, USA, Kessel (Decker, Bozek), 17:26 (pp); 5, USA, M. Lamoureux (J. Lamoureux, Coyne), 18:47. Penalties: FIN, Villila (body checking), 16:33.
Second Period - Scoring: 6, FIN, Karvinen (Valimaki, Jalosuo), 1:11. Penalties: USA, Erickson (holding), 6:27; FIN, Team (too many players), 7:19; USA, J. Lamoureux (slashing), 8:02; USA, Bellamy (interference), 10:43; FIN, Tuominen (hooking), 16:49.
Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||Total|
|USA, McLaughlin, 60:00||1-0||8-7||4-4||13-11|
|FIN, Raty, 59:21||10-6||12-12||20-20||42-38|
Power Play: USA 1-6; FIN 0-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; FIN 6-12
Officials: Referee-Aina Hove (NOR); Linesmen-Ilona Novotna (CZE), Zuzana Svobodova-Arazimova (CZE)