United States-Sweden 5-0 (2-0, 2-0, 1-0)
CHICAGO – The United States did their part tonight to create the dream gold-medal game, defeating Sweden 5-0 to set up a final showdown with Canada at the WW U18 Championship. The U.S. won gold in both 2009 and 2008, and on both occasions Canada had to settle for silver.
Alex Rigsby had to stop just eleven shots for the easy shutout. Five different players counted the goals for the U.S.
The first period was played almost entirely in the Sweden end. Brittany Ammerman got the first goal, tipping in a point shot just 1:22 into the game, and although the Americans skated circles around the Swedes, they managed only one more goal, later in the period.
“We had a really good shift and got a goal which gave us early momentum,” forward Alex Carpenter said. “We just carried through for the rest of the game.”
Swedish goalie Sofia Carlstrom was solid in goal, stopping 17 of 19 shots, while Alex Rigsby did not face a single Swedish shot all period.
The second period was equally lo-sided. Sweden managed all of two shots and the Americans simply played with the puck inside the Swedish blue line for most of the 20 minutes. Carlstrom was the only thing standing between a respectable score and a blowout.
Lyndsey Fry added the final score early in the final period of a game that was perhaps lower scoring than one might have thought. “We don’t care how many goals we get, so long as we win the game,” Carpenter added. “We could have scored more, I guess, but we moved the puck around well.”