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U.S. Women's National Team Blanks Sweden, 2-0
VIERUMAKI, Finland -- Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 29 saves to help lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a 2-0 victory over Sweden in its fifth game of the International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series. With the win, the U.S. improved to 5-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the tournament.
"I'm really proud of the way that our team battled today," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011-12 U.S. Women's National Team. "It was a hard-fought win, and they found a way to get the job done."
After a scoreless first period, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) struck for her fourth power-play goal and eighth tally of the tournament at 3:33 of the second period. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored 10 minutes later to extend the U.S. lead to two goals.
The U.S. held its 2-0 lead through the third period, as Schaus made 17 saves in the final frame to seal the victory and collect her third shutout of the tournament. Overall, Team USA outshot Sweden, 51-29, in the game.
The U.S. Women's National Team will next play Finland tomorrow (Aug. 31) at 11 a.m. EDT in its final game of the event here at Vierumäki Arena.
NOTES: Kacey Bellamy was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Kelli Stack leads the team in scoring with 10 points (4-6) through five games ... Jenny Potter served as the alternate captain for the match-up against Sweden ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Katey Stone, head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, will continue to serve as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2011-12 season. She will be assisted by Mark Hudak, women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth College ... To follow the team in Finland, check out the blog.
Scoring By Period
USA 0 - 2 - 0 - 2
SWE 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SWE, Nevalainen (high-sticking).
Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Knight (Duggan, Lamoureux-Kolls), 3:33 (pp); 2, USA, M. Lamoureux-Kolls (McMillen, Stack), 13:47. Penalties: SWE, Fallman (tripping), 2:27; SWE, Vikdahl (tripping), 4:55; USA, Boucher (holding), 8:26; USA, Coyne (body-checking), 19:56.
Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Pucci (hooking), 1:27; SWE, Olsson (holding the stick), 10:59; SWE, Vikdahl (body-checking), 19:04.
Shots by Period
USA 19 22 10 51
SWE 6 6 17 29
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Schaus, 60:00 6-6 6-6 17-17 29-29
SWE, Martin, 60:00 19-19 22-20 10-10 51-49
Power Play: USA 1-5; SWE 0-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; SWE 5-10
Team USA 2011 IIHF Women's Twelve Nations Tournament Series Schedule
Vierumäki, Finland • Vierumäki Arena
Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)/Result Links
Wed., Aug. 24 Russia W, 12-0 Game Blog
Thurs., Aug. 25 Japan W, 13-0 Game Blog
Sat., Aug. 27 Switzerland W, 11-1 Game Blog
Sun., Aug. 28 Canada W, 4-0 Game Blog
Tues., Aug. 30 Sweden W, 2-0 Game Blog
Wed., Aug. 31 Finland 6 p.m./11 a.m.