If there were any lingering doubts that the US Women’s hockey team is one of the favorites to win Gold at the 2014 Sochi Games, today’s 9-0 demolishing of Team Switzerland should take care of them. On the first day of the tournament, Team USA’s 3-1 victory over Finland was largely overshadowed by Team Canada’s own domination over the Swiss.
This morning’s game was over before the first period ended, as Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, and Amanda Kessel all scored within 55 seconds. It was the quickest three goal sequence in Olympic history (the second and third goals were only 8 seconds apart). Before the final horn sounded in the first, the US managed to put two more goals on the board and were up 5-0.
Much like her Canadian counterpart, US Goaltender Molly Schaus had a an easy day in net, only having to stop 10 shots. The United States ended up out shooting Switzerland 55-10.
Kessel, Lamoreux, and Kendall Coyne all scored twice for the United States.
The win today means the United States qualifies for a medal round, regardless of what happens Wednesday when they face the Canadians. Even if the US has qualified, Wednesday’s game will be a must watch, as it gives us our first opportunity to see the US and Canadian teams face off at the Sochi games.
For Team Switzerland, it was another blowout, but they will likely be headed to the quarterfinals to face one of the top teams in the bottom tier of the tournament.
Team Canada is set to face off against Finland an hour from now. The United States is off until Wednesday, when they will meet up with Team Canada at 7:30 AM. Stay tuned to the site for the results of today’s Canada vs Finland game, as well as continued coverage of the women’s hockey!