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Ice Hockey - 02. September 2009.

Canada Cup-USA defeat Sweden 7-0

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Hilary Knight (Hanover, N.D.) scored twice and 12 different players factored in the scoring to lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a 7-0 blanking of Sweden here tonight at the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup at GM Place. Team USA will close out preliminary-round play against Canada on Thursday (Sept. 3) at 7:30 p.m. PT (10:30 p.m. ET).

"I'm certainly happy with the energy we brought," said Team USA Head Coach Mark Johnson. "We played a full 60 minutes, competed the whole time and were rewarded for a very good team effort."

In the first period, Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) put Team USA up 1-0 with help from Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) at 5:54. The U.S. got into penalty trouble in the latter half of the frame, but held Sweden shotless for 20 minutes.

The U.S. gained a 4-0 advantage in the middle period with three additional goals. Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) flipped a rebound over Swedish netminder Valentina Lizana at 4:22, then the puck bounced off Natalie Darwitz's (Eagan, Minn.) chest and into the net during a goalmouth scramble at 7:49. Karen Thatcher (Blaine, Wash.) put the U.S. up by four with a breakaway goal at 14:03.

Knight roofed her first goal short side from the right post just :21 into the final frame and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) made it a 6-0 game with a shot that hit the post and went into the net at 4:26. Knight closed out the scoring with 1:22 left to play when she tipped Rachael Drazan's (Orono, Minn.) shot from the point.

Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 12 saves for her second career shutout in net for the U.S., while Lizana stopped 36 for Sweden.

NOTES: Team USA was 0-for-2 on the power play, while holding Sweden scoreless on eight chances ... The U.S. outshot Sweden by a 43-12 margin ... Caitlin Cahow, Natalie Darwitz and Kelli Stack all had three-point outings, with a goal and two assists apiece ... Coverage of the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup can be found on QwestTour.com, USAHockey.com, as well as on the U.S. Women's National Team's Facebook page and the Qwest Tour's Twitter page. All preliminary and semifinal games can be viewed live at FASTHockey.com. The U.S. roster can be downloaded here, while the media guide can be found here ... Mark Johnson, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, is leading Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Dave Flint, head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, are serving as assistant coaches ... The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team will be centralized in Blaine, Minn., starting on Sept. 14 and will take part in the Qwest Tour, a 10-game, nine-city domestic tour that begins on Sept. 25 in St. Paul, Minn., and concludes just prior to the 2010 Olympics.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA

1

3

3 --

7

SWE

0

0

0 --

0





First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Stack (Ruggiero, Bellamy), 5:54. Penalties: SWE, Fallman (cross-checking), 1:27; USA, Duggan (cross-checking), 6:16; SWE, Nevalainen (cross-checking), 8:17; USA, J.Lamoureux (hooking), 11:25; USA, M.Lamoureux (kneeing), 13:54; USA, Chu (body-checking), 15:50; SWE, Rundqvist (interference), 16:16; USA, Darwitz (hooking), 16:41; USA, M.Lamoureux (interference), 20:00.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Cahow (Stack, Darwitz), 4:22; 3, USA, Darwitz (Cahow, Stack), 7:49; 4, USA, Thatcher (unassisted), 14:03. Penalties: USA, Knight (slashing), 15:52.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, Knight (Zaugg-Siergiej, Potter), :21; 6, USA, Engstrom (Darwitz, Cahow), 4:26; 7, Knight (Drazan, Weiland), 18:38. Penalties: USA, Duggan (hooking), 19:58.

Shots by Period

1

2

3

Total

USA

14

16

13

43

SWE

0

8

4

12

 

 

 

 

 

Goaltenders (SH/SV)

1

2

3

Total

USA, Schaus, 60:00

0-0

8-8

4-4

12-12

SWE, Lizana, 60:00

14-13

16-13

13-10

43-36

 

 

 

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