The United States women’s hockey team is taking over. They demolished Switzerland 9-0 on Monday.
Kendall Coyne was the star of the night. She and Amanda Kessel had four points (two goals, two assists) and +4 rating. Coyne had eight shots on goal while the Swiss team only had 10 shots on goal. The US had 53 shots on goal. Kessel almost had a hat trick, but the referees missed Coyne’s goal and it was rewarded to her.
“It was pretty weird, but I saw Kendall’s goal go in,” Kessel said after settling for two scores in the Americans’ 9-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday. “It was her first one of the tournament, so I was happy for my linemate.”
In the first period, Monique Lamourex, Brianna Decker and Kessel scored with 55 seconds of each other, which is an Olympic record. Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter scored as well. The score was 5-0 at the end of the first period.
Goalie Molly Schaus did not receive much action, but did stop the 10 shots she faced. She had a relatively easy game as well against Finland on Saturday, but head coach Katey Stone is not worried about her ability to face tough opponents.
“We’re happy to have her not have a lot of shots whenever possible,” Stone said. “Because that means everyone is doing their job in front of her, too.”
The women face North American rival Canada on Wednesday. The US lost to Canada four years ago and want revenge and the gold medal. While the US women are now the favorites, this game will ultimately decide who will be on top at the end of the games.