The U.S. National team finished up the 12 Nations Tournament with a sound victory over a rising Finnish team early today. The Fins, playing in their own backyard, played very well up until running into the Americans. Head coach Katey Stone called the victory ‘convincing’ with the 6-0 result. Hilary Knight scored twice to lead the way and Molly Schaus and Jessie Vetter combined to get the shutout. Schaus did not allow a goal the entire tournament and the Americans only allowed one goal combined in the six tournament games. The team went a perfect 6-0.
Amanda Kessel actually scored the game winning goal in the first period when she struck on the power play. Kessel had a helper on a goal from fellow Gopher Jen Schoullis in the second period. Both Schoullis and Kessel finished the tournament with seven points.
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Now it’s on to college hockey. Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming anaylsis of the 2011-12 season.