PLYMOUTH, April 6 – Connecticut Whale forwards Kelli Stack and Haley Skarupa each scored a goal as the United States women’s national hockey team rolled into the gold medal game at the World Championships with an 11-0 thumping of Germany in Thursday night’s semifinal.
The Americans (4-0), the three-time defending world champions, face Canada on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for the championship. It was the 17th straight victory for the United States in world championship competition.
Stack scored her first goal of the tournament and her 13th career goal at the world championship tournament with 11:13 left in the first period to give the Americans a 2-0 lead. Stack dug the puck off the board and went to the net. Her shot deflected off a German defender and into the net.
“I just got in the shot and let it go,” Stack told broadcast network TSN from Canada. “It’s was pretty. I don’t know if it got deflected but it counts just the same as all the pretty ones.”
Stack was one of seven American players with three points in the game. Stack finished with a goal and two assists.
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Skarupa scored her first goal of the tournament with 5:50 left in the game, digging up a rebound and lifting it over the goalie to boost the American lead to 10-0. Skarupa had a goal and one assist for two points.
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Kendall Coyne with two goals and an assist for Team USA while Megan Keller, Hilary Knight, Monique Lamoureaux each had a goal and two assists. Leading 2-0 after one period, the Americans blew the game open with four goals in a span of two minutes and 20 seconds – the fastest four goals by the Americans in tournament history.
American goalie Nicole Hensley made eight saves to earn her second shutout in the tournament.
Friday night’s title game against Canada will be the 18th time that the two rivals are meeting for the world championship. No other country had made the final before. The game will be televised live on the NHL Network and streamed on NHL.com.
The United States has won seven world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) including six of the last seven tournaments.