LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) all had two goals, while teammate Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) tallied four assists to help the U.S. Women's National Team beat Sweden, 8-1, in the third-place game of the 2013 Four Nations Cup here tonight.
"I like where our game has ended up after four games here in Lake Placid," said head coach Katey Stone. "We came out flying today and it won't stop for us here. We're just going to try and get better everyday."
Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.) opened the scoring when she picked a corner at 8:38 of the first period. After a faceoff win by the U.S., Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) fed Buesser with a pass at the top of the left circle, and Buesser quickly fired a shot up and over Sweden goaltender Sara Grahn.
Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) poked home a rebound eight minutes later to give the United States a 2-0 lead. A Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) shot was stopped by Grahn, but the puck sat in the crease until Decker knocked it into the net.
Following a Team Sweden goal late before the first intermission cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, Team USA connected for four second-period tallies -- including three in a span of 1:39 late in the frame -- to grab hold of a sizeable advantage.
Stack's first goal of the game -- a power-play marker at 4:04 of the middle period -- pushed the U.S. advantage to 3-1. Knight then scored on a well-placed shot at 14:58 before Stack and Jocelyne Lamoureux found the back of the net at 15:26 and 16:37, respectively, allowing Team USA to skate into the third period with a 6-1 lead.
Knight and Jocelyne Lamoureux finished the scoring with goals in the final frame.
Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) started in goal for the U.S. and made five strong saves in the victory.
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