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NWHL on #WomensWorlds: Three Stars of USA’s 8-0 Win over Switzerland

By Amanda Ghysel, 04/08/19, 10:45AM EDT


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The United States continued to flex its muscles in the preliminary round of the IIHF Women’s World Championship, taking an 8-0 win over Switzerland on Sunday in Espoo, Finland. Eleven different Americans got on the scoresheet, while Maddie Rooney picked up the shutout in her first appearance in the tournament. While there were so many incredible performances, three stars stood out in Team USA’s dominant victory.

  • 3: Megan Keller: The Boston College alum and third overall 2018 NWHL draft pick selected by the Buffalo Beauts recorded a goal and an assist, while playing solid defense, helping the U.S. allow just four shots from the Swiss. "It was a great team win," Keller told IIHF. "I think we came out ready to go and brought a lot of energy. So it's great when everybody's firing on all cylinders."
  • 2: Amanda Kessel: The Metropolitan Riveter had back-to-back goals in the win, scoring the United States’ fourth goal in the second period before netting the fifth early in the third. "I think no matter who we're playing or what day it is, we're trying to stick with our systems and play how we would against anybody," said Kessel.
  • 1: Dani Cameranesi: The Buffalo Beaut had a pair of goals and an assist in the victory after being named Player of the Game in the United States’ 3-2 victory over Canada on Saturday. Cameranesi scored the United States’ second goal of the game before assisting on the seventh and capping the scoring with the eighth.

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With the win, Team USA holds onto first place in Group A with one game remaining in the preliminary round. The United States has been dominant in the group stage, winning all three of its games thus far and outscoring opponents, 17-4.

This U.S. squad boasts a solid combination of veteran leadership and young talent. Captain Kendall Coyne Schofield (NWHL Minnesota Whitecaps) leads all skaters in the tournament with five points in three games, while Hilary Knight (CWHL Les Canadiennes de Montreal), Cameranesi and Alex Carpenter (CWHL Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays) each have four. Recent Wisconsin graduate and top overall pick in the 2018 NWHL draft by the Metropolitan Riveters, Annie Pankowski has also had a strong tournament, scoring a pair of big goals for Team USA.

The U.S. has one more game in the preliminary round – a matchup with Russia on Tuesday at 9 AM ET – before entering the knockout stage. With the tournament’s shift to a 10-team format, no teams will receive automatic byes to the semifinals, meaning Team USA will play a quarterfinal regardless of their standing at the end of the preliminary round.

Team Canada takes on Russia on Monday at 12:30 PM ET, before closing the preliminary round against Finland at 12:30 PM ET on Tuesday.

Team USA Preliminary Round Schedule (all games broadcast on NHL Network)
USA vs. Finland – W, 6-2
USA vs. Canada – W, 3-2
USA vs. Switzerland – W, 8-0
USA vs. Russia – April 9, 9 AM ET