KOVLAND, Sweden. – Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) scored and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) stopped all 31 shots she faced to help the U.S. Women's National Team defeat Canada, 3-0, here today at the 2015 Four Nations Cup.
"We put in a strong effort right from the opening faceoff to earn a hard-fought victory against a good team," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. "We played with confidence and maintained our level of play throughout the game. We'll look to keep the momenum going against Finland on Saturday."
After a scoreless first period, Lamoureux made it 1-0 at 7:42 of the second period. Lamoureux took a pass in the high slot from Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) and deked Canadian goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer before putting a shot into a partially empty net.
On the power play, Bozek extended the lead to 2-0 at 15:01 of the stanza on a precision passing play. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) began the play with a pass from the point to Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) at the left post, where she threaded a cross-crease pass to Bozek who cut in from the point and beat the goalie.
Coyne added an empty net goal at 19:28 to account for the 3-0 final.
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Team USA is back in action on Saturday (November 7) against Finland at 10:30 a.m. ET.
NOTES: Vetter was named U.S. Player of the Game. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. Klee (Denver, Colo.) is the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team at the Four Nations Cup. He is assisted by Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.), Brett Strot (Tampa, Fla.) and Chris Tamer (Dearborn, Mich.) ... The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996 (previously the Three Nations Cup). The U.S. is competing against Canada, Sweden and Finland in this year's tournament. It is the 20th year of the tournament and the United States has competed 19 times, having not participated in 2001. The United States has captured the title five times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12), finished second 12 times and third in the tournament in 2013. The Americans hold an overall record of 42-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 77 Three/Four Nations Cup games.
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt