Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded two goals and an assist and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made 14 saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team shut out Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 22), when it will play either Canada or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
“Tonight, we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team” said U.S. Olympic Women's Team head coach Robb Stauber. "Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament and today we were rewarded."
Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 1:10 p.m./11:10 p.m. (Feb. 21) and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006), is competing in the gold-medal game of an Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time.
Team USA got off to an early lead when Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) connected just 2:25 into play. The opening goal started when captain Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) gathered the puck in the right corner and dished the puck to Marvin in the slot where she was able to one-time a shot past Finnish netminder Noora Raty.
With 1:22 remaining in the first, Cameranesi tallied her first goal of the game when she fired the puck from the slot high blocker-side to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission.
In the middle frame, the U.S. tallied twice in the last 10 minutes to push its lead to 4-0. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson(Grand Forks, N.D.) struck first when she connected on a U.S. power play with 6:39 to play in the period. The play began when Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.) collected the puck and delivered a cross-ice pass to Lamoureux-Davidson, who ripped a slapshot past Raty.
Thirty-four seconds later, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored another U.S. power-play goal with a redirection off an initial shot from the point by Sidney Morin (Minnetonka, Minn.).
Team USA continued its momentum entering the final stanza when Cameranesi netted her second of the night 45 seconds into the frame, burying a glove-side shot past Raty.
Rooney, competing in her third game of the tournament, stopped all 14 shots to preserve the shutout win.
NOTES: The U.S. outshot Finland, 38-14. For complete game stats, click here ... The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006) ... The 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of General Manager Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) … USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. Olympic Teams.
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