IIHF WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: U.S. marches to final
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Monique Lamoureux-Kolls may have been held without a point Friday night, but her line was at it again. The unit of Lamoureux-Kolls, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Kelli Stack was on the ice for four goals during Team USA's 10-0 rout of...
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Monique Lamoureux-Kolls may have been held without a point Friday night, but her line was at it again.
The unit of Lamoureux-Kolls, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Kelli Stack was on the ice for four goals during Team USA's 10-0 rout of Switzerland in the semifinals of the IIHF Women's World Championship.
Stack scored twice, Lamoureux had a goal and an assist and that line helped set up Warroad's Gigi Marvin, who blasted her first goal of the tournament from the point through a Lamoureux-Kolls screen.
The Americans advance to play rival Canada at 6 p.m. tonight in the gold-medal game. The U.S. beat Canada 3-2 in overtime last year to win the event.
Team USA also routed the Canadians 9-2 to open this tournament thanks to a huge game by the Americans' top line, which has been nicknamed the "Stacksicles."
Lamoureux-Kolls leads the tournament with 14 points. Stack is second with 13 and Lamoureux is third with nine. They combined for 15 shots on goal against the Swiss, who upset Sweden earlier in the tournament.
The Americans have yet to be challenged, outscoring their opponents 39-2. They've tallied at least nine goals in every game and they haven't been scored upon in 202 minutes, 57 seconds -- a span of three full games and one period.
Team USA outshot Switzerland 31-2 in the opening frame and 80-10 for the game, chasing starting goalie Florence Schelling in the third period. Schelling, who finished with 59 saves, was a Patty Kazmaier Award finalist for Northeastern this season.
Marvin, a standout forward at Warroad High and for the University of Minnesota, was moved back to defense this season by Team USA and has flourished there.
Marvin is the tournament's leading defensive scorer with seven points in four games, including three against the Swiss.
The Americans also received multi-point from defenseman Josephine Pucci (one goal, three assists), forward Kendall Coyne (one goal, two assists), forward Amanda Kessel (three assists) and forward Julie Chu (one goal, one assist).
Canada 5, Finland 1: Caroline Ouellette and Laura Fortino scored in the first period and Canada beat Finland 5-1 on Friday to advance to the title game in IIHF Women's World Championship.
Canada is seeking its 10th title and first since 2007.
Meghan Agosta scored early in the second period to push the Canadians' lead to 3-0. Karoliina Rantamaki had a power-play goal for Finland midway through the second, and Marie-Philip Poulin and Courtney Birchard scored in the third period. Shannon Szabados made 14 saves for Canada, and Noora Raty stopped 38 shots for Finland.