The United States women’s ice hockey team handled Switzerland with ease in its third game of the preliminary round, coming out on top with 8-0 win to improve to 3-0 in group play.
Kelly Pannek had two goals and an assist, Hilary Knight and Jesse Compher each recorded two goals and Megan Bozek and Jincy Dunne each notched two assists. Alex Cavalinni made 12 saves for the shutout in her first start of the Olympics.
It’s the second straight shutout for the Americans. The team has outscored opponents 18-2 at the Games so far.
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Knight got the Americans on the board first with an early power play goal in the opening period. While her initial shot did not go through, she collected her own rebound and potted it home for her second goal of the tournament.
That was followed up with a barrage of goals by the Americans with three coming in a span of 2:11.
Compher scored her second goal of the Olympics, as she one-timed a feed from Hayley Scamurra past Switzerland goaltender Saskia Maurer.
Just nine seconds later, Knight extended the lead to 3-0 with her second tally of the period. After picking off an errant pass by the Swiss, the assistant captain sniped a shot over Maurer’s right shoulder on the short side.
About two minutes later, Pannek snapped a shot by the glove of Maurer to give the Americans the 4-0 advantage. It was her first career Olympic goal.
Amanda Kessel added another in the final minute of the period, with a quick slap shot from a bad angle as the power play expired.
The Americans take a 5-0 lead into the first intermission. They outshot the Swiss 22-4 in the frame, chasing Maurer from the game as she was replaced by Andrea Braendli for the middle period.
In the second, Pannek and Compher each grabbed their second goals of the day. Panneck beat Braendli blocker side early in the second while Compher tallied her goal later on in the period.
Dani Cameranesi scored the lone goal in the final period, putting one five-hole on Braendli for the eighth American goal.