Lamoureuxs spark U.S. win over Finland
The U.S. women’s hockey team was down a goal in the second period and looking for a spark in its Olympic Games opener.
The Lamoureux twins provided it.
Grand Forks native Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored Team USA’s first goal of the Olympics -- assisted by her twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson -- and the Americans managed to hold off Finland 3-1 early Sunday morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Kendell Coyne added a power-play goal 2 minutes, 31 seconds later and Dani Cameranesi iced it with an empty-netter in the third.
The game featured five former UND players -- and they took center stage.
Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani played together on Finland’s top line, while the Lamoureux twins teamed up on USA’s third line, which was its most productive.
The Lamoureux twins, who won silver medals in 2010 and 2014, drew two power plays and scored a key goal.
Trailing 1-0 near the midway point in the game, Monique picked up a puck in the corner, drove to the net and attempted a backhand from in tight. Finnish goalie Noora Raty, who starred at Minnesota in college, made the initial save, but Monique picked up the rebound and fired it home with her forehand to tie it 1-1.
It was Monique’s 14th-career Olympic point and Jocelyne’s 12th. With one more point, Jocelyne will move into the top 10 all-time in American points at the Olympic Games.
In the moments after Monique’s goal, the Americans scored on the power play. Brianna Decker pulled a puck off the wall and sent a pass to start a two-on-one with Hilary Knight and Coyne. Knight fed Coyne, who roofed a shot from the inside of the right circle to make it 2-1 USA.
But the Americans couldn’t get any breathing room. Raty stopped 39 of 41 shots for the game and held the U.S. at bay.
Offense will continue to be a question mark for the Americans, who take on Russia at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday. The U.S. scored just three goals in four games against Canada in the lead up to the Olympic Games.