SUNDSVALL, Sweden – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Sweden, 6-2, here today at the 2015 Four Nations Cup. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) both registered a pair of goals while Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) added two points each. Decker tallied one goal and one assist and Stack registered a pair of assists. Nine players overall had at least one point in the victory. Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) stopped nine of 11 shots she faced to earn the victory.
"We had a tough start to the game but we regained our composure to earn the win," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. "We got better as the game went on and we'll take the win to start the tournament. We'll now turn our attention to playing Canada tomorrow."
Sweden scored 11 seconds into the opening period but Lamoureux-Davidson responded with her first goal of the game just 1:40 later to tie the game, 1-1. On the play, Lamoureux-Davidson skated down the boards and cut into the slot from the left circle before firing a shot past the Swedish goaltender.
Both teams traded another set of goals to knot the game, 2-2, with Decker scoring for the U.S. off a redirection of a Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) point shot at 7:25.
Knight buried her first of the game at 9:41 after Decker worked the puck free in the corner and dished it to Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) who found Knight in the slot. Knight notched her second goal at 17:34 to put the U.S. up 4-2 heading into the first intermission.
During the second stanza, Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) extended the U.S. lead to 5-2 with a power play goal at 12:35. Emily Pflazer (Getzville, N.Y.) started the play with a pass down low to Stack near the goal line, who then fed the puck across the crease to Duggan who tucked it home.
At 14:36, Lamoureux-Davidson added a shorthanded goal off a long shot from her own blueline that fooled Sweden's goaltender and went in over her blocker.
After a scoreless third period, the game ended at 6-2 with the U.S. outshooting Sweden 41-11.
Team USA is back in action tomorrow (November 5) against Canada at 1 p.m. ET.
NOTES: Emily Pfalzer was named U.S. Player of the Game. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. Ken Klee (Denver, Colo.) is the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team at the Four Nations Cup. He is assisted by Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.), Brett Strot (Tampa, Fla.) and Chris Tamer (Dearborn, Mich.) ... 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. It is the 20th year of the tournament and the United States has competed 19 times, having not participated in 2001. The United States has captured the title five times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12), finished second 12 times and third in the tournament in 2013. The Americans hold an overall record of 41-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 76 Three/Four Nations Cup games.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still a reality, the USA Hockey Officiating Program is looking forward to getting everyone back on the ice in what will likely become the “new normal.”
As we get closer to minimizing the effect the virus has had on our everyday lives, the successful completion of our USA Hockey National Tournament series and the IIHF Under-18 World Championships is a promising indication that hockey is back and will be better than ever for the 2021-22 season.
As early player registrations mirror those trends from prior to the pandemic, the following is some information as to what officials should expect over the summer months and for the start of next season.
SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMPS AND ADVANCED SYMPOSIUM ARE BACK!
The Summer Development Camp Program is being downsized slightly as some facilities are still not available this summer, but we have latched onto the USA Hockey Player Festivals to be able to provide a quality development experience for those officials who qualify.
The Advanced Officiating Symposium is scheduled for early August in Providence, Rhode Island. USA Hockey is working closely with the host hotel to maximize participation while still adhering to state and local COVID-19 restrictions. The goal is to be able to accommodate everyone interested in attending this one-of-kind get together of top ice hockey officials in a dynamic and engaging program.
USA Hockey is in the midst of our quadrennial rule changes process, meaning there will be an updated 2021-2025 version of the Playing Rules Book prior to the start of the season.
Although the fundamental structure of the game will not change, there are several rule changes likely to be adopted that will require officials to pay attention to their rule knowledge and commit to the proper application of the rules. Officials will play a major role in USA Hockey’s efforts to improve the culture of body checking and, in return, officials will be provided more support through organizational initiatives to curb abuse of officials and unsportsmanlike behavior.
REGISTRATION JUNE 1
Officials registration for the 2021-22 season will open on June 1. However, since the updated playing rules will not be adopted until the USA Hockey Annual Congress in mid-June, hard copies of the 2021-25 Officials Playing Rules and Casebook will not be available until early August. A summary of the adopted rule changes and a PDF version of the updated rulebook should be available relatively soon after the Annual Congress. As a result, the open book exam, online module curriculum and seminar program will become available during the week of June 21.
One of the outcomes of the pandemic was it required us to take a hard look at our seminar program and make significant adjustments to best prepare our membership for success on the ice. Officials should look for the re-introduction (local restrictions permitted) of the in-person level 1 and level 2 seminars, with the level 1 format returning to an all-day seminar experience. The level 1 standardized seminar curriculum will include the online module curriculum as part of this experience in an effort to streamline their registration process. Level 2 officials will experience a half-day in-person seminar which will include an ice session.
The virtual “zoom” classroom seminar appears to be here to stay for level 3 and level 4 officials, even though some areas may choose to also provide in-person seminars for our most experienced team members. Either way, the goal is to be able to accommodate the needs of all of our officiating members with options that provide flexibility and efficiency. The online module curriculum for level 3 and level 4 officials is also being modified to streamline their registration process without compromising the educational value.
The level 2-3-4 closed book exams will also follow a modified format like last season where they will be able to complete the exam online within seven days of the seminar they attend. It is important to note these modified closed book exams will still be timed, so they must be completed in one sitting.
ADAPTING THE BEST WE CAN
The final thing to expect for the 2021-22 season? There will likely still be some restrictions and protocols that must be followed in certain local areas. The game may not look exactly like it did at the start of the 2019-20 season. Although we do not expect any full-fledged shutdowns as happened during the 2020-21 season, we will still need to be diligent and follow local guidelines in order to keep our game and its participants safe and on the ice.
USA Hockey is excited about the opportunity to get everyone who was involved prior to the pandemic safely back on the ice. There is also huge growth potential as people feel more comfortable to get back into daily life and look for new ways to engage. There is no reason why hockey cannot be that avenue where everyone is welcomed, included and encouraged in a way that a lifelong passion for the game is nurtured.
USA Hockey thanks you for your continued support and your involvement in our programs.