In what might be a sign of things to come for Dartmouth next season, Big Green players stood out in Sunday’s second day of women’s Olympic hockey action. Senior Cherie Piper had a hat trick in Canada’s 12-0 win over Russia and now is tied for the tournament lead in scoring. Future freshman Sarah Parsons had two goals and an assist in leading the U.S. to a 5-0 win over Germany.
UMD players shined once again in lifting Finland and Sweden to easy victories on Monday. The four teams in the medal round are now set. Tuesday’s Finland-U.S. and Canada-Sweden games will determine the seeding.
Finland 4, Switzerland 0
The Finns held just a 1-0 lead after the first and second intermissions, but then Nora Tallus (UMD ’05) and UMD freshman Mari Pehkonen helped them pour on three more in the third period. Tallus assisted on Finland’s third goal, and Pehkonen scored Finland’s fourth goal–her second of the tournament. Patricia Elsmore-Sautter (UMD ’05) did not get the Swiss start in net. Finland outshot the Swiss 41-18.
Sweden 11, Italy 0
Italy, who opened the tournament with a 16-0 loss Canada, did not have much better luck against the Swedes. Maria Rooth (UMD ’03) maintained her team’s scoring lead with two goals and two assists. Erika Holst (UMD ’03) had a goal and two assists. The Swedes outshot the hosts 52-4.
U.S. 5, Germany 0
Sarah Parsons’ breakout might have been the story of the game, but it was the veteran combination of Katie King (Brown ’97) and Jenny Potter (UMD ’04) who gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Potter scored the first U.S. goal on the power play when she converted a rebound on a backhand after Katie King’s shot had taken goalie Jennifer Harss out of the play. King deflected in the second goal from the top of the crease after Potter and Harvard senior Julie Chu worked the puck from outside.
Parsons netted her Olympic goal early in the second period when she took the puck from longtime friend Helen Resor, skated into the slot, and buried the puck in the near corner. She set up Darwitz for an easy finish on the game’s fourth goal just before the halfway mark. Parsons rounded out the scoring by converting a feed from Angela Ruggiero (Harvard ’04) on a rush up the ice.
The U.S. outshot Finland 60-10 in the win. Pam Dreyer (Brown ’03) made all 10 saves in her first Olympic start.
For the tournament, Potter leads the U.S. with two goals and four assists. King and Parsons are right behind with two goals and two assists each.
Canada 12, Russia 0
Canada poured in seven goals for the first period on just 12 shots and never looked back against the Russians.
Hayley Wickenheiser led all scorers with a goal and three assists, and Piper and Meghan Agosta each had hat tricks.
For the tournament, Wickenheiser and Piper are tied for the scoring lead with nine points each. Caroline Ouellette (UMD ’05) is right behind them with three goals and four assists. Dartmouth senior Gillians Apps, has two goals and four assists for the tournament.