GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the U.S. Women's National Team would tally four unanswered goals to defeat Canada, 4-1, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena here tonight. Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) returned to their hometown and notched two points each. Both players had one goal and one assist and their linemate, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), added a pair of assists in the game. Goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick Mass.) stopped 17 of the 18 shots she faced.
"I'm very proud of our kids and the effort they put forward tonight," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "Everyone played well, starting with our goaltender, and we built off the energy in the building."
Haley Irwin opened the scoring for Canada at 17:22 of the first period, redirecting a shot from Caroline Ouellette past Schaus. Monique Lamoureux responded for the U.S., evening the score late in the period (19:49). She took a feed from behind the net from Jocelyne Lamoureux and held onto the puck as she came across the crease and patiently waited until she had an open net, firing the puck past Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados. The score remained tied, 1-1, after the opening period.
Team USA would would continue that momentum and expand its lead in the second period, adding three goals in the frame. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) took a cross-ice feed from Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) at 8:37 and powered a shot from the face-off circle past Szabados to make it 2-1. At 13:24, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored on a goalmouth scramble, swiping a loose puck into an open net to stretch the lead to 3-1. Jocelyne Lamoureux collected a long rebound and found the back of the net at 15:35 to make it 4-1, which is how the game ended after a scoreless third period.
The U.S. outshot Canada, 31-18, and received several key saves from Schaus in front of the largest crowd (5,559) ever for a women's game in North Dakota.
The U.S. Women's National Team will be back in action on Dec. 28 when it plays Canada in St. Paul, Minn.