US Ladies Beat Russia, Safe Spot in Ice Hockey Semifinals

US Ladies Beat Russia, Safe Spot in Ice Hockey Semifinals

US Ladies Beat Russia, Safe Spot in Ice Hockey Semifinals

Lamoureux-Davidson added two goals, and Gigi Marvin and Hannah Brandt each had a goal. Though she didn't have much work to do in the later stages of the game as the USA pulled away, she kept the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation off the board to dash any thoughts of an upset even while holding a narrow advantage through half of the game. Just six seconds later, Lamoureux-Davidson scored again on an unassisted effort to set a new Olympic record for the fastest two goals scored by a single player.

Team USA has won the last four World titles, seven of the last eight. But they are at the Pyeongchang Games trying to end a 20-year gold medal drought. With their latest win, the Americans remain undefeated going into their early Olympic showdown with Canada, which is also 2-0. Finishing top two in the group, which is guaranteed at this point, ensures that both teams will be placed in different semifinals for the playoff stage and sets up a probable gold medal rematch between the two juggernauts. Nicole Hensley, who started the US win over Canada in the 2017 world championship, made 13 saves in her Olympic debut.

The Russians are the youngest team in the tournament, with less experience and nearly an entirely new roster from the team that played in four years ago in Sochi.

USA coach Robb Stauber rotated his goalies, putting Hensley in net after playing Maddie Rooney in a 3-1 opening win over Finland.

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Jocelyne Lamoureux- Davidson can't remember ever scoring twice on the same shift.

Lamoureux's second goal was an awesome juke that completely fooled the Russian goalie before she buried the shot. Lamoureux-Davidson faked a shot and got Tarakonova to go down before moving it to her backhand and putting it underneath the crossbar.

Marvin's goal off a rebound at 14:38 gave the Americans a 4-0 lead.

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