The IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Group A action resumed Friday after having Thursday off with the United States taking on Switzerland. The Swiss coming off a 13-0 beating at the hands of hosts team Canada were looking to bounce back with a solid effort vs the Americans who they are yet to beat in six previous meetings being outscored 65-5.
Team USA gave the Swiss a chance to score first giving them 3 straight power plays to start the game but it was Team USA that scored first on the power-play on a goal by Alex Carpenter with 40 seconds remaining in the first period and it was all downhill from there for the Swiss with the American’s scoring their second goal just 11 seconds later courtesy Brianna Decker. The American’s added to their lead in the 2nd period as Brianna Decker scored her second of the game and 4th of the tournament. USA scoring continued early in the third as Kendall Coyne scored 1:23 into the period and Captain Julie Chu scored 2:40 later, on a beautiful tip in front of Swiss goalie Florence Schelling. The Swiss went without a shot for almost 2 periods and received a standing ovation when #10 Nicole Bullo finally got a shot over 15 minutes into the third. While team USA fired a total of 61 shots at Swiss goalie Florence Schelling put up a valiant effort managing to turn away 56 shots in a 5-0 loss. Schelling gave the crowd credit saying, “They (the crowd) wanted us to do well. They were cheering us on. That helps a lot.”
The American’s finish the Preliminary Round with a record of 2 wins and an overtime loss, placing them temporarily first in group A pending tonight’s Canada Finland game but either way will receive a buy to the next round. While the Swiss finish the round with 3 losses and no wins finishing last in the group B. The Swiss will go on to face Russia, Saturday at 7:30PM at Scotiabank Place.
*UPDATE* Canada’s 8-0 over Finland places Canada #1 and team USA #2.