SUNDSVALL, Sweden. – The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Finland, 7-0, here today and will play Canada in tomorrow's first-place game at the 2015 Four Nations Cup. Puck drop is at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) had three points (2-1) each and Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio) stopped all 12 shots she faced. The U.S. is now undefeated in three games and has outscored its opponents 16-2.
"We played well right from the start and were really on top of our game," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. "We moved the puck extremely well, created a lot of offensive chances and converted. We're excited to advance and face Canada tomorrow."
The U.S. opened the scoring on the power play at 4:31 of the first period and tallied three goals in a 1:46 span to go up 3-0 and force Finland to switch goaltenders. Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) notched the first one on a goal mouth scramble, followed quickly by Lamoureux-Davidson who fired a shot over the goaltender's glove hand. Allie Thunstrom (Maplewood, Minn.) would pick up the rebound of a Stack shot and put it past a scrambling goaltender.
Stack added two more goals for the U.S. in the opening frame, including one on the power play, to go into the intermission with a 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless second period, the U.S would extend the lead in the third period with goals by Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) at 5:37 on the power play and Lamoureux-Davidson's second of the game at 14:04.
NOTES: Lamoureux-Davidson 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 43-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 78 Three/Four Nations Cup games.