SOCHI GAMES: Lamoureuxs, Marvin to play for gold again
Olympic medals will be headed back to Grand Forks and Warroad again.
Grand Forks native Monique Lamoureux scored a goal, her twin sister Jocelyne and Warroad native Gigi Marvin added assists as Team USA beat Sweden 6-1 on Monday in the semifinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Americans will play rival Canada for the gold medal at 11 a.m. Thursday on NBC.
“We’re very pleased and taking the moment to recognize where we’re at and what we’re going to be playing for on Thursday,” USA coach Katey Stone said. “Again, we’re building here and the best is yet to come, we hope.”
Come Thursday, the Lamoureux twins will become the first North Dakotans to win two Olympic medals. They hope to become the first to win gold.
Marvin, meanwhile, will become Warroad’s first two-time Olympic medal winner.
The semifinal game against Sweden, an upset winner over Finland in the quarterfinals, was never in doubt. The Americans outshot the Swedes 29-1 in the opening period and opened up a 3-0 lead. Final shots were 70-9 in favor of the U.S.
Monique scored her third goal of the tournament on a setup by Jocelyne, who registered her 100th career point in a USA jersey. That tally made it 4-0 in the second period. The twins combined to register nine shots on goal.
Late in the game, Jocelyne was stopped on a penalty shot, attempting a 360-spin move that she successfully used in her college career while playing at UND against rival Minnesota.
Marvin registered an assist in the first period and compiled her best game of the tournament, leading the team in ice time, playing 23:04.
“We’re playing our game, which is fast, skilled hockey,” Marvin told NBC.
The Lamoureux twins and Marvin were both on the 2010 Olympic team that lost to Canada in the finals. They brought home silver medals, but are looking for gold this time.
As expected, they reached the finals with relative ease.
The Swedes, who upset the Americans in the 2006 semifinals under the guidance of UND associate coach Peter Elander, were unable to pull off another Swedish Miracle.
Alex Carpenter, Kacey Bellamy and Amanda Kessel all scored goals in the first period to open up a big lead. Monique and Megan Bozek added goals in the third. Brianna Decker, who had a three-point game, finished off the scoring in the third period.
Anna Borgqvist scored the lone Swedish goal with 6:56 left in the third period, ending Jesse Vetter’s shutout bid. Vetter finished with eight saves for the U.S.
Sweden starter Valentina Wallner made 42 saves in the opening 32:31. Kim Martin-Hasson played the final 27:29 and stopped 22 shots.
Now, it’s on to the Canadians.
The Americans lost to Canada 3-2 in the pool play round, but had won four consecutive times before that in pre-Olympic games.
Canada has won gold in each of the last three Olympics — 2010, 2006 and 2002. The Americans won gold in 1998, the first year of women’s hockey at the Olympic Games.
“It’s an awesome battle,” Marvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They’re bringing their best and you’re bringing your best. Every single athlete loves that. Every single athlete loves when it’s all on the line and you’ve got to give everything and more
“That’s what’s so exciting about playing against them. It’s awesome to have that in our face. We’re looking forward to it. We feel prepared and we’re ready.”