OTTAWA, Ont. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Switzerland, 5-0, here today to to close out preliminary-round play at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. The U.S. totaled 61 shots in the game and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) scored twice as the United States secured its place in the semifinals with a 2-0-1-0 record.
"We played a very complete game today and were able to dictate the play against a hard-working team," said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. "We continue to improve and get stronger throughout the tournament."
Team USA turned up the pressure in the final five minutes of the first period and tallied two goals late in the closing minute of play. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) opened the scoring on the power play by putting in her own rebound from in tight. Eleven seconds later, Decker notched the second goal of the period by coming down the left side, cutting to the net and firing the puck along the ice just inside the far post.
The United States dominated play and extended its lead in the second period on a goal by Decker - her second of the game and fourth of the tournament - at 8:08. Team USA added a pair of goals in the third period. Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) converted on a cross-ice pass on a two-on-one at 1:23, and Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) rediirected a shot from the point past the Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling at 3:03.
The U.S. will continue play on Monday (April 8) in the semifinals.
NOTES: Brianna Decker was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. was 1-for-5 on the power play, while holding Switzerland scoreless on five power-play chances ... The U.S. did not allow a shot in the second period. It marked the first time since 2008 that a team was held to no shots in a period and 13th time overall (fourth time for the U.S.) at either a world championship or Olympic Winter Games ... 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, Carpenter (J. Lamoureux, Knight), 19:20 (pp); 2, USA, Decker (Stecklein, Kessel), 19:31. Penalties: USA, Coyne (holding), 3:16; USA, Steadman (hooking), 5:53; USA, Schoullis (interference), 10:15; SUI, Williner (tripping), 16:24; SUI, Eggimann (hooking), 19:09.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Decker (Kessel, Coyne), 8:08. Penalties: USA, Team (too many players), 3:31.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Coyne (Kessel, Decker), 1:23; 5, Chu (Bellamy, Bozek), 3:03. Penalties: SUI, Marty (body checking), 6:04; SUI, Marty (hooking), 8:26; USA, Stecklein (tripping), 15:22; SUI, Thalmann (roughing), 19:22.
|Shots By Period||1||2||3||Total|
|USA, Vetter, 60:00||5-5||0-0||1-1||6-6|
|SUI, Schelling, 60:00||20-18||21-20||20-18||61-56|
Power Plays: USA 1-5; SUI 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; SUI 5-10
Officials: Referee-Marie Picavet (FRA); Linesmen-Therese Bjorkman (SWE), Ilona Novotna (CZE)