Each month, the United States Olympic Committee celebrates the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes through the Team USA Awards. The U.S. Women’s National Team won the 2015 Four Nations Cup last month in Sundsvall, Sweden and is now being recognized by the USOC as a nominee for the Best Team of November. To cast your vote for the Best of November honors, visit TeamUSA.org/Awards. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Team USA won the Four Nations Cup with a 3-2 overtime victory over rival Canada in the championship game. Team USA trailed 2-1 going into the third period but prevailed in a hard-fought final period and extra frame.
The U.S. went undefeated in the tournament and outscored their opponents 19-4. Leading up to the final game, Team USA defeated Sweden, 6-2, Finland, 7-0, and Canada twice, 3-0 and 3-2 respectively. The United States has now captured the title six times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12, 2015).
Kelli Stack was named the tournament's Best Forward and Monique Lamoureux was named Best Defensemean. Stack was the tournament's leading scorer with eight points and six assists. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson registered the most goals with four and Monique Lamoureux led all defensemen with six points (2-4).
STOCKHOLM - Seven different players scored for the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team in a 7-1 victory over Japan at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Team USA is undefeated (2-0-0-0) in the tournament and will close out the preliminary round on Tuesday (Jan. 4) against Sweden.
"Playing against an honest and hardworking team like Japan, it is important that we bring our best," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "Again, we did a very good job and worked hard on both sides of the puck. It was great to see that we're getting a lot of contribution from the entire lineup."
Japan struck first, using an early power-play opportunity to tally the first goal against the Americans of the tournament. Ayaka Toko shot the puck and used a bounce off the end boards to backhand it past U.S. netminder Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) at 6:18 of the opening period.
Team USA responded less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 when Emily Field(Littleton, Mass.) tipped Courtney Burke's (Albany, N.Y.) point shot at 7:15. Emily Pfalzer(Getzville, N.Y.) gave the U.S. the lead for good at 18:50, as her slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle found an opening through traffic as Japan goaltender Shizuka Takahashi slid left.
The U.S. opened its lead to 4-1 in the second frame, starting with Sydney Daniels(Southwick, Mass.) tipping an Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.) shot at 3:47. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) capped off the period with a power-play goal at the 11:05 mark.
In the final period, linemates Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and Layla Marvin(Warroad, Minn.) scored :16 apart, at 5:35 and 5:51, to make it 6-1. Milician McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) closed out the game with a slap shot from the point on the power play at 16:18 to account for the 7-1 final score.
Lundberg made six saves in net for the U.S., while Takahashi and Ai Tokoro combined for 69 saves for Japan.
NOTES: Team USA outshot Japan by a 76-7 count ... The U.S. was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Japan was 1-for-2 ... Thirteen players factored in the scoring for Team USA ... The eight-nation tournament, being played for the fourth time, includes Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009), followed by a silver medal in 2010 ... Jodi McKenna, the head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan Univeristy, is serving as head coach for Team USA. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Jennifer Kranz, assistant women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University ...Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Scores will be designated with #U18wwc ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.
Scoring By Period
USA 2 2 3 -- 7
JPN 1 0 0 -- 1
First Period - Scoring: 1, JPN, Ayaka Toko (unassisted), 6:18 (pp); 2, USA, Field (Burke, Boulier), 7:15; 3, USA, Pfalzer (Stecklein), 18:10. Penalties: USA, Brandt (high sticking), 4:28.
Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Daniels (Boulier), 3:47; 5, USA, Carpenter (Skarupa, Savage), 11:05 (pp). Penalties: USA, Pelkey (high sticking), 4:22; JPN, Ishiura (interference), 4:53; JPN, Takeda (hooking), 7:22; JPN, Abe (hooking), 9:42.
Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Darkangelo (unassisted), 5:35; 7, USA, Marvin (Darkangelo), 5:51; 8, USA, McMillen (Picard), 16:18 (pp). Penalties: JPN, Toko (cross checking), 14:48; JPN, Ishiura (hooking), 17:01.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 21 20 35 76
JPN 4 1 2 7
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Lundberg, 60:00 4-3 1-1 2-2 7-6
JPN, Takahashi, 45:51 21-19 20-18 13-11 54-48
JPN, Tokoro, 14:09 x-x x-x 22-21 22-21
Power Play: USA 2-5; JPN 1-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; JPN 5-10
Officials: Referee-Arina Ustinova (RUS); Linesmen-Kaire Leet (EST), Ilona Novotna (CZE)
Tag(s): Four Nations Cup