Friday, April 13, 2012
U.S., Canada to meet in title game
ESPN.com news services
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Kelli Stack scored twice, and the three-time defending champion United States women's hockey team beat Switzerland 10-0 on Friday night to set up a championship game against Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
All 14 of the event's finals have featured the United States and Canada.
Nine-time champion Canada beat Finland 5-1 in the first semifinal. The United States routed Canada 9-2 in the opening game of the tournament.
Josephine Pucci added a goal and three assists for the United States, which racked up 67 of its 80 shots in the game against Swiss goalie Florence Schelling, a senior at Northeastern University.
"She played out of her mind," United States coach Katey Stone said about Schelling. "I thought she was the player of the game in my opinion."
Stack scored on a power play and short-handed to help the Unites States take a 3-0 lead in the first period. The Americans had a 31-2 shots advantage in the period.
"Anytime you play against her, she comes up with some unbelievable saves," Stack said about Schelling. "Usually we throw some of those shots on net and they will go in for us. With her, the first shot usually is not going in. It's probably the third or fourth or fifth that's going to go in."
Kendall Coyne and Gigi Marvin each had a goal and two assists, and Amanda Kessel -- the younger sister of Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel -- added three assists for the United States.
The United States figures Canada will play a lot better Saturday night than it did in the opener.
"That's not a score when U.S. plays Canada," Pucci said about the 9-2 romp. "We definitely know they are going to come out flying but so are we. We just need to continue playing our game, and hopefully we'll end up with a gold medal."
Switzerland will play Finland for the bronze medal Saturday. The Swiss have never won a medal in the world championships, finishing as high as fourth once.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.