Written By Amy Barry
Eight members of the Blades skating for team USA won the gold medal at the 2012 Four Nations Cup (Pekka Rautiainen).
VANTAA, Finland – The U.S Women’s National team, dressed with eight Boston Blades, captured the 2012 Four Nations Cup title by defeating Canada, 3-0.
In the championship shutout , Boston’s own Hilary Knight and Anne Schleper contributed insurance goals for Team USA in the second and third period respectively. Both goals were point shots on power play opportunities.
The Four Nations Cup championship was Team USA’s fifth title and second in a row. Previously, the stars and stripes were victorious in the tournament in 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2011.
Knight netted a team-high six goals and tied for a team-best with six points. The forward was also named Team USA’s player of the game in the round robins against Canada. Kelli Stack (2 goals, 1 assist) and Kacey Bellamy (1 goal, 2 assists) recorded three points apiece, while Schleper tallied two with one goal and assist. Molly Schaus played a single game between the pipes for the red, white and blue. The net minder made 20 saves, 10 in the second period, against Canada in the round robin match.
Team USA will come together again in late December for training camp at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
Canada earned its fifth silver medal, second in a row and the lone Blade member, goaltender, Genevieve LaCasse medaled at her first Four Nations Cup.
The Blades return to action in the CWHL this weekend when they travel to Montreal to take on the Stars in a weekend series. Saturday, Nov. 17 game marks the 3rd annual “Let’s Beat Breast Cancer,” game to raise awareness and funds for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. Puck drop is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Etienne-Desmarteau Arena.
To read score sheets of the complete Four Nations Cup Tournament for Team USA click here.
To read score sheets of the complete Four Nations Cup Tournament for Team Canada click here.
Check out Postgame Quotes after the US vs. Canada in the round robin game from Hilary Knight and Molly Schaus,here.