The U.S. Women's National Team scored five unanswered goals in the second period and 11 players registered points to power the U.S. past Finland, 5-1, here today in the opening game of the 2018 Four Nations Cup at SaskTel Centre.
"I thought we built as the game went on," said Bob Corkum, U.S. Women's National Team head coach. "We had a good first 10 minutes of the second period and played the way we wanted to. We're just looking to build one day at a time."
The U.S. Women's National Team (1-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will continue preliminary round play tomorrow (Nov. 7) when it takes on Canada. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. local time/8 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com.
The U.S. went on the power play early, creating a scoring chance just 5:02 into the period when Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) sent a pass through traffic to Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) in the right face-off circle. Bellamy ripped a shot on Noora Raty and followed up for the rebound, but both attempts were stopped by the Finnish netminder.
Finland broke the ice 8:01 into the first period when a shot from Emma Nuutinen deflected in off a U.S. defender for a 1-0 lead.
With 5:41 remaining in the first period, Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.) won the puck from a Finnish defender at the blue line to create a two-on-none advantage. Lonergan passed to Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) streaking down the left wing and she sent it back across to Lonergan for the shot, but Raty answered with another key save.
The U.S. got on the board just 13 seconds into the second period when Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) went top-corner on Raty with a shot from the left face-off circle. The play started in the neutral zone when Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) fed a pass to Decker on the offensive blue line who proceeded to streak into the offensive zone and even the score at one apiece.
The U.S. struck again 5:21 into the period when Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.) banged home a one-timer from above the crease on a pass from Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.) to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. Just one minute later, the U.S. doubled its advantage when Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) fired a shot from the half wall that was deflected in by Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho).
Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.) increased the U.S. lead to three when she snapped home a pass from Decker at the left face-off circle with 8:28 remaining in the second period.
With no goals scored in the final period, the U.S. held on to win the contest 5-1.
Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made nine saves in net for Team USA.
NOTES: The U.S. outshot Finland, 49-10 ... Decker was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Click here for complete game statistics from today's game ... 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 ... The U.S. has captured the Four Nations Cup title eight times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12, 2015-17), finished second 12 times and third in the 2013 tournament ... The U.S. holds an overall record of 51-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 86 Three/Four Nations Cup games.
|Date||Opponent||Time (local/ET)||Venue||Location||Live Stream|
|Tues., Nov. 6||Finland||W, 5-1||SaskTel Centre||Saskatoon, Sask.||Live Stream|
|Wed., Nov. 7||Canada||W, 2-1||SaskTel Centre||Saskatoon, Sask.||Live Stream|
|Fri., Nov. 9||Sweden||W, 5-1||SaskTel Centre||Saskatoon, Sask.||Live Stream|
|Sat., Nov. 10||Championship Game||W, 5-2||SaskTel Centre||Saskatoon, Sask.||Live Stream|