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Ice Hockey - 10. April 2019.

U.S. Women Down Russia, 10-0, in Final Prelim B

Kendall Coyne Schofieldá(Palos Heights, Ill.) andáLee Steckleiná(Roseville, Minn.) each scored twice, and 15ámore members of Team USA reached the score sheet as the U.S. downed Russia, 10-0, here tonight in its final preliminary-round game of theá2019 IIHF Women’s World Championsh

“We were excited to see so many players getting involved tonight, especially our defenders, who have had a tremendous impact so far in this tournament,” saidáBob Corkumá(Salisbury, Mass.). “While we will enjoy this victory tonight, we know we have our work cut out for us as we head into the playoff round and we’ll be ready for the next challenge.”

Early in the first period, theáAlex Carpenterá(North Reading, Mass.),áAmanda Kesselá(Madison, Wis.) andáKelly Panneká(Plymouth, Minn.) line was rewarded for some well-executed puck movement in the offensive zone for the early 1-0 lead. The play started on the endboards when Kessel sent a backhand pass to Pannek, who passed to Carpenter for the one-timer that was redirected in on the far post by Kessel.

With 6:16 remaining in the first,áMegan Kellerá(Farmington Hills, Mich.) protected the puck from a Russian defender on the halfwall and carried it back to the blue line where she left it for linemateáCayla Barnesá(Eastvale, Calif.). Barnes carried the puck on and ripped a shot from inside the right faceoff circle that beat Russian netminder Valeria Merkusheva high blocker-side.

Just 17 seconds later, Coyne Schofield intercepted the puck in the neutral zone and charged up ice, scoring the U.S.’s third goal of the night, unassisted.

Megan Bozeká(Buffalo Grove, Ill.) increased the U.S. lead to four 3:50 into middle frame on a shot from the point afteráAnnie Pankowksiá(Laguna Hills, Calif.) set her up with a pass from the halfboards.

Stecklein joined the scoring 8:18 into the period, marking her first-ever tally in IIHF tournament play.áSydney Brodtá(North Oaks, Minn.) helped create the opportunity, sending a pass to Stecklein who was streaking toward the net to bang home the 5-0 score.áHayley Scamurra(Williamsville, N.Y.) also picked up an assist on the play.

After the U.S.’s fifth goal, the Russians made a goaltending change, substituting Anna Prugova into the game for Merkusheva.

With 7:19 remaining in the second,áHilary Knightá(Sun Valley, Idaho) took a shot from the right face-off circle that smashed into the camera behind Prugova and deflected out of the net. After a thorough review, the goal was confirmed and the U.S. would take a 6-0 lead. á

Coyne Schofield netted her second of the night with under a minute to play in the middle period after a great sequence of passes fromáBrianna Deckerá(Dousman, Wis.) to Pankowski and ultimately to Coyne Schofield, who was waiting in the slot for the score.Six minutes into the final period, Decker found the back of the net.áKacey Bellamyá(Westfield, Mass.) passed puck forward to Pankowski who carried it down low before backhanding it to Decker at the top of the crease for the finish.

Midway through the final frame, Stecklein added another goal to her resume to bring the score to 9-0, taking a shot from the point that soared past Prugova.á

Then, with three minutes to play,áMelissa Samoskevichá(Sandy Hook, Conn.) scored the U.S.’s tenth goal of the night after circling the offensive zone with the puck and taking a shot from the left faceoff circle that found its way through traffic and into the net.á

Alex Rigsbyá(Delafield, Wis.)ámade 12 stops in net for Team USA, earning her third win of the tournament thus far.á

The U.S. (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will meet Japan in the quarterfinals Thursday (April 11). That game, along with every U.S. tournament game, will be televised live in the United States on NHL Network.

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