Potter, Knight Notch Hat Tricks in Victory
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Hilary Knight (Hanover, N.H.) and Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) each posted a hat trick in leading the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team to a 13-0 victory over St. Cloud State University here tonight at the National Hockey Center.
"It was a good game to play for both sides," said Mark Johnson, head coach for Team USA. "We don't necessarily look at the score, but what we take away from the game. We figured out some things we need to work on moving forward, and St. Cloud was able to see some of its young players in action. Overall, it was a good night."
The Huskies kept Team USA off the scoreboard in the opening frame, as Ashley Nixon turned aside 16 shots.
In the second period, with Tayler VanDenakker in the St. Cloud net, the Americans built up a 6-0 lead. The first three U.S. goals were products of the line consisting of Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (Eagle River, Wis.), Potter and Knight. Potter tallied her first at 2:31 off a Zaugg-Siergiej rebound on the power play, then Knight knocked one in from the goal mouth at 6:24. Potter again converted on a man-advantage opportunity at 10:23 when she put a wrist shot just under the cross bar.
In the latter half of the frame, Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.) found Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) in the slot and Duggan backhanded the puck inside the left post while shorthanded at 12:57. Darwitz and Duggan added goals at 16:01 and 18:14 to close out period scoring and give Team USA a six-goal advantage.
The final stanza saw seven more U.S. goals, first from Knight and Zaugg-Siergiej at :55 and 1:18. Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) was next to score, as her shot from the right faceoff circle found its way over Anna Donlan's shoulder at 10:16. Potter completed her hat trick with a backhander at 12:22 and Angie Keseley (St. Louis Park, Minn.) netted her first career U.S. goal at 16:55 on the power play. Monique Lamoureux potted her second of the game at 17:30 and Knight finished off her hat trick at 18:55 to account for the 13-0 final score.
Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 11 saves in her third shutout in net for Team USA.
The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team returns to action on Oct. 5 against Canada in Victoria, B.C. The next Qwest Tour stop is in Warroad, Minn., against the University of North Dakota on Oct. 10.
NOTES: Team USA was 3-for-6 on the power play, while holding St. Cloud State scoreless on four opportunities ... Thirteen players factored in the scoring, including Hilary Knight (3-4--7), Jenny Potter (3-3--6) and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (1-4--5) ... Click here for Team USA's roster ... Coverage of the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team and Qwest Tour can be found at QwestTour.com, as well as on the U.S. Women's National Team's Facebook page and on the Qwest Tour Twitter page ... The U.S. Women's National Team opened the 2009-10 season by winning the Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver, B.C. The Hockey Canada Cup featured Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States, and served as a test event for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games ... 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., in the lead-up to the Vancouver Games.
Scoring By Period
Power Play: USA 3-6; SCSU 0-4
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