In the opening game on Saturday, they got off to a good start with a 6-1 win over Russia. Defenseman Cayla Barnes scored two goals for the Americans while forwards Maureen Murphy, Taylor Wente, Anneke Linser and Natalie Heising scored the others.The Russians were able to score a goal in the last minute of play to avoid the shutout.
On Saturday, the US was matched up against Sweden in the second of their Group A games. Group A consists of the US, Canada, Russia and Sweden. Canada defeated the Swedes in their first round game by a score of 5-1.
In the game against Sweden, the US team was relentless, firing a total of 61 shots on Sweden’s goalie Sofia Reideborn. Reideborn was exceptional, stopping 57 of those shots and keeping the Swedes relatively close.
“We have a good goalie,” Sweden’s coach Ylva Lindberg said, “so it’s okay to give up shots on goal. But what we can’t do is give them good scoring chances. We did in the second, but in the third we were much better.”
But in the end, the US prevailed with a 4-0 win. American goalie Lindsay Reed was able to stop all 23 shots fired at the net by Sweden to earn the shutout.
The US has been dominant in WW18 play over Sweden with 9 straight wins and have never lost to them. They have also outscored the Swedes by a 60-4 margin in those 9 games.
Delaney Drake was able to notch the first goal of the game in the first period to make the score 1-0. It was one of 27 total shots in the period and the only one to get by Reideborn.
Sweden probably played their best hockey in the first half of the second period. They forechecked well, pressured the American defense as well as the puck carrier effectively. What they couldn’t do, however, was create many decent scoring chances on Reed.
Once Linser scored for the US at the 9:51 mark of the second period, it may have taken some of the wind out of Sweden’s sails. Two more goals from Barnes and Heising before the period ended made the score 4-0 and that’s how the game ended.
Next up for the Americans is another Group A game against Canada on January 10th.
The HockeyClan Writers