By USA Hockey
Four different players netted goals and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) tallied three points as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Finland, 4-0, here tonight in the team’s second game at the 2016 Four Nations Cup.
“We had another strong effort tonight and I’m pleased with the way we played and the outcome,” said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Team. “I like the way our team continues to come together and play with a high compete level, especially on back to back nights.”
Team USA controlled the play throughout the opening period, outshooting Finland 13-3, but was unable to beat goaltender Noora Raty. Finland nearly took the lead on a two-on-one rush in the closing minutes of the stanza, but Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) made a sprawling glove save to keep the game scoreless entering the first intermission.
The U.S. broke through just 2:15 into the second period when Decker deked around Raty and slid a pass across the crease to Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill), who poked the puck into the empty net.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) extended Team USA’s advantage to 2-0 with a slap shot from the point at 9:09 of the frame.
Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.) gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead 1:15 into the final period when she collected the rebound from a shot by Decker, and backhanded the puck into a wide open net.
Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, N.D.) netted a rebound with 9:14 remaining to make the final 4-0.
Hensley finished with 18 saves to earn Team USA’s second straight shutout to open the tournament.