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MALMO, Sweden. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Russia, 9-2, here today at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) registered four points (three goals, one assist) and 10 players had at least one point in the victory. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) had two goals and one assist and Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.) registered three assists.
"We controlled the play and dictated the tempo, but Russia played a defensive-minded game so we had to be patient and get pucks through traffic on net," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. "Today was a good test at being patient and focusing on the little things. We'll enjoy a day off and will begin preparing for our semifinal game."
Lamoureux-Davidson opened the scoring at 11:03 of the first period. Following a faceoff win, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) pushed the puck to Schleper at the point and her shot redirected to Lamoureux-Davidson in front of the net where she put a backhand shot past Russia's goaltender to make it 1-0. That is how the first period ended.
Both teams combined for six goals in the second period. Knight made it 2-0 at 1:58, cutting down the slot, taking a feed from Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), and firing the puck between the pads of the opposing goalie.
Duggan extended the lead to 3-0 at 5:31 after an offensive-zone faceoff win by Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.). Duggan retrieved the puck and skated to the top of the right faceoff circle where she fired a shot past the screened Russian netminder.
Just 1:26 later, Russia scored the first of two goals to narrow the margin to 3-2. The second goal came at 6:57.
Lamoureux-Davidson netted her second goal of the game at 17:59 on the power play. She took a pass from Schleper and one-timed a slap shot from the top of the left circle.
In the final minute of the period, Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) added to the lead by roofing a shot over the goalies glove hand from in close.
The U.S. added four more goals in the third period. In addition to Lamoureux-Davidson, who registered her third goal of the game, Carpenter, Decker and Knight contributed to the scoring.
Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) stopped three of five shots she faced to earn the victory.
Team USA will play next in the semifinals on Friday (April 3) at 6 a.m. ET. The opponent is yet to be determined.
Notes: The U.S. outshot Russia 49-5 ... Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The U.S. has in the gold medal game in all 15 of the previous events, capturing the event’s top prize a total of five times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), including four of the last five tournaments and five of the last seven.