VANTAA, Finland – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Finland, 15-1, tonight in the final round-robin game of the 2012 Four Nations Cup at Tikkurila Valtti Arena.
“I thought it was very encouraging,” said Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.), head coach of Team USA. “A lot of really good things happened today and a lot of people participated in getting on the scoresheet. We did a lot of things better today than we did the first two days (that) we played. Our game’s building in the right direction and that’s promising.”
Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored a natural hat trick in the first period and added a fourth goal in the second period. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) also had four goals in the game. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) was the third U.S. player to reach four points (1-3=4) when she contributed a goal early in the third period.
Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.) scored her first international goal, a tally that would eventually hold up as the game-winner, at 7:12 of the first period and tacked on two assists for three points in the contest. In total, 16 different players recorded at least one point and 11 players had multiple-point efforts in the offensive flurry.
The U.S. will play Canada in the championship game tomorrow (Saturday) at 5 p.m. (10 a.m. EST). The two teams met earlier in round-robin play, a game in which Team USA dropped a 3-1 decision to the Canadians.
NOTES: Brianna Decker was chosen as Team USA’s Player of the Game … U.S. goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) recorded nine saves in the game … Team USA outshot Finland 61-10.
Scoring by Period 1 2 3 F
USA 7 3 5 15
FIN 0 1 0 1
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Knight, 5:03; 2, USA, Fry (Erickson), 7:12; 3, USA, Knight (Bellamy), 8:52 (pp); 4, USA, Knight (Fry, Bellamy), 9:04; 5, USA, Decker (Coyne), 9:44 (sh); 6, USA, Decker (Kessel, Schleper), 13:42 (pp); 7, USA, Chu (Savage, Chesson), 17:19 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Linstedt (slashing), 7:34; USA, Chu (tripping), 9:33; FIN, Hiirikoski (body checking), 13:09; USA, M. Lamoureux (cross-checking), 14:18; FIN, Saarimäki (holding), 16:27; FIN, Villilä (hooking), 19:07.
Second Period – Scoring: 8, USA, Decker (Kessel, Bozek), 2:30 (pp); 9, FIN, Tuominen, 4:32 (pp); 10, USA, Knight (Fry, Chesson), 12:02; 11, USA, Decker (Kessel), 14:52. Penalties: FIN, Villilä (holding), 1:56; USA, Knight (tripping), 3:53; USA, Knight (hooking), 18:25.
Third Period – Scoring: 12, USA, Kessel (Coyne), 3:00; 13, USA, Stack (J. Lamoureux, M. Lamoureux), 4:57; 14, USA, J. Lamoureux (M. Lamoureux, Chesson), 7:32 (pp); 15, USA, Bozek (Erickson), 12:01; 16, USA, Bellamy (Picard), 17:56 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Villilä (holding), 5:41; USA, Bellamy (cross-checking), 9:22; FIN, Hallvar (hooking), 14:45, FIN, Villilä (cross-checking), 17:17.
Shots On Goal 1 2 3 Total
USA 28 16 17 61
FIN 3 6 1 10
Goaltenders (SV/SH) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Vetter, 60:00 7-7 5-6 1-1 9-10
FIN, Portnoj, 9:44 13-18 - - 13-18
FIN, Räisänen, 50:16 8-10 13-16 12-17 33-43
Power play: USA, 6-8; FIN, 1-5
Penalties: USA, 5-10; FIN, 8-16
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”