USA Women's Hockey demolished Switzerland in its second preliminary round game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia, on Monday. Team USA now has guaranteed spot in a semifinal on Monday (Feb. 17).
Midway through the first period, Team USA opened the scoring explosion with five goals in a 6:22 span. The flurry of goals broke two Olympic records: the first for scoring three goals in 55 seconds, the second for fastest five goals in an Olympic contest.
Starting the cavalcade of scoring was Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) at 9:20 when she slipped a shot through the five-hole of Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) scored 47 seconds later with a quick rebound from the edge of the crease. Just eight seconds after Decker's goal, Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) cut to the slot and scored on a low wrist shot to go up 3-0. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) added to the tally when she knocked home a loose puck about a minute before Kessel one-timed a pass under Schelling's blocker for a power-play goal at 15:42 to put USA up 5-0 at the end of the first period.
Lamoureux netted her second goal of the game in the second period with a shot from the bottom of the right circle that squeaked between Schelling's glove and body.
Forty-nine seconds in to the third, Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) made it 7-0 after a hard fought battle in front of the net. At 3:59, Coyne found the back of the net again, sliding a rebound past Schelling--her former teammate at Northeastern University. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) connected on a breakaway at 15:39 to bring Team USA their final goal of the game.
Goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 10 saves for the shutout.
In a post-game interview with USA Hockey Magazine, coach Katy Stone commented on the night's success: “Oftentimes goals come in bunches, so we’ll take them however we can get them. Tonight there was a lot of positive energy off the bat. Momentum swings back and forth throughout the game and any time you can keep the throttle down it’s always a big boost for your bench.”