The United States Women’s hockey team played their first game in Sochi today, which was actually the first hockey game in the women’s tournament thus far. The game was played at noon local time, which equated to 3 AM Eastern.
The United States did in fact win their first game, convincingly against Finland, with Team USA scoring just 53 seconds into the game and marching on to a 3-1 victory.
When the U.S. women’s hockey team opted not to march in the opening ceremony on Friday, Finnish goalie Noora Raty had to guess her workload was going to increase on Saturday.
The Americans put up 43 shots against the Fins in their win, and they scored once on the power play. The Finnish team scored their only goal in the third period on the power play, but it wasn’t enough to get them back into the game. Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack, and Alex Carpenter were the goal scorers for Team USA.
Considered one of the world’s best goalies, the 24-year-old former University of Minnesota netminder kept the Finns in contention for more than period with her strong play.
Team USA will play their second game on Monday, the 10th, against Switzerland – puck drops at 2:00 PM local time, which is 5 AM Eastern.