SOCHI, Russia -- Six players scored and 13 skaters recorded at least one point to help the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team beat Switzerland, 9-0, today in its second preliminary round game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. With the win, Team USA guarantees itself a spot in a semifinal on Monday (Feb. 17).
After back-and-forth action in the opening minutes of the first period, Team USA scored five goals in a 6:22 span midway through the frame to break the game open.
Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) started the record-breaking scoring outburst at 9:20 when she took a pass from behind the net and slipped a shot through Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling's five-hole. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) doubled the U.S. lead just 47 seconds later by converting on a rebound at the edge of the crease. Then, eight seconds after Decker's goal, Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) flew down the far-side boards, cut to the slot and scored on a low wrist shot to give Team USA a 3-0 edge. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) made it 4-0 when she batted home a loose puck at 14:23 before Kessel one-timed a Decker pass under Schelling's blocker for a power-play marker at 15:42 to give the United States a 5-0 advantage after the first frame.
The U.S. pushed its lead to 6-0 at 13:26 of the middle stanza when Lamoureux netted her second of the game with a quick shot from the bottom of the right circle that found its way between Schelling's glove and body.
Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) made it 7-0 just 49 seconds into the third period. After skating to the front of the net, Coyne batted away at a loose puck until it trickled through Schelling and over the goal line. Then, at 3:59, Coyne found the back of the net again, this time sliding a rebound through Schelling's five-hole to give Team USA an 8-0 lead. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) connected on a breakaway at 15:39 to close the scoring.
Goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) recorded 10 saves for the shutout.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will conclude group play Wednesday (Feb. 12) when it squares off with Canada. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
NOTES: Team USA broke an Olympic record by scoring three goals in 55 seconds in the opening stanza ... Also, the U.S. set a team record for fastest five goals in an Olympic contest, scoring five times over a 6:22 span in the first period ... The U.S. was 1-for-4 on the power play and was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill ... Through two games, Kendall Coyne, Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight are tied for the U.S. points lead (4) ... The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all four Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002 and 2010, bronze-2006) ... The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of General Manager Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ... Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) was named head coach on June 8, 2012, and is the first female to serve as head coach of a U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. Olympic Teams.
Even with almost 50 years of involvement in hockey, you can’t plan for the current state of the world and the impact coronavirus has had on our game. I think it is safe to say that nothing prepares you for the changes that have taken place in our daily lives and the uncertainty of when things might return to normal. Or in this case, what will become the new “normal.”
Our expertise is hockey, so what we’ll address in this piece: the impact of the global pandemic on our game and how likely it will affect our game in the immediate future.
USA Hockey continues to post information on COVID-19 on the main website. These updates keep our membership informed of specific programs and the changing safety recommendations that will be in place when hockey returns. Be sure to check back regularly for updates and other hockey information.
On the officiating front, much of what we are able to do from a program standpoint is connected to player events like national tournaments and player development camps. As you know, the national tournaments (along with the March, April and May IIHF World Championship events) were cancelled. The Officiating Program then canceled our two instructor training programs that were planned for late April and early May in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Colorado Springs, Colo.
At this time, details for any potential summer development camps are still being determined. On the player side, several camps we are connected to were cancelled, and the few camps that are still in planning have been dramatically downsized. The Officiating Program continues to monitor the decisions made for players and will take advantage of any opportunity we have to salvage our summer camp program and maximize participation.
The good news is, we are confident we will have a 2020-21 season. All indications show no reason to delay registration. It will open as scheduled on or around May 26, followed by the open book exams and online seminar curriculum on June 1.
SafeSport Training (required for anyone born in the year 2003 or earlier) and background screening (learn about the new national level screening program in the Q & A section) will also be available to complete at that time. If COVID-19 still has things slowed down in early June, it would be an ideal time to get these requirements completed.
The biggest unknown will be the timing in which we will be able to conduct seminars. The vast majority of rinks are currently closed, and many of them took this opportunity to remove ice to save operating costs and do maintenance. There is now doubt they will be prepared to quickly ramp up once they are allowed to do so, but as with most everything right now, the timing is uncertain. As a result, some of the earlier seminars may be pushed back a few weeks. The District Referees-in-Chief will secure ice times and facilities so we can provide seminar dates and locations as quickly as possible. We are also encouraging our instructors to think outside the box by providing some weeknight seminar options, and to look at other ways to best meet the needs of our members.
The Advanced Officiating Symposium, scheduled for Providence, R.I. in late July, is still going to plan. We will continue to monitor the situation, including local restrictions and travel advisories in the coming weeks, and we will announce any changes in advance to allow for alterations to travel arrangements. Click here for up-to-date information or to reserve your seat at the 2020 Advanced Officiating Symposium.
These are difficult times for everyone, and although our hockey family is important to us, it is a small fraction of the big picture that is impacting our daily lives. To quote Andy Dufresne in his letter for Red that he left under the big oak tree in The Shawshank Redemption: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We hope the coronavirus is conquered with minimal loss of lives and a return to a prosperous normal as soon as possible. We hope your passion for the game of hockey will only grow as a result of its absence. We hope we are back on the ice in the coming months and that the 2020-21 season will be our best yet.
Thank you for your continued support of USA Hockey and don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to make your hockey experience a better one. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and be prepared to be back on the ice soon.