Next up: the clash that everyone has been anticipating — and what’s likely to be only the first of two expected meetings between these two arch rivals in the next nine days.
Captain Meghan Duggan of Danvers and the United States women’s hockey team took care of business against Switzerland yesterday during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, prevailing by a 9-0 score. It was the second win in as many games for the Americans, who have outscored their two foes, 12-1, in round-robin play.
“Two up, two down,” Duggan tweeted yesterday after the victory. “Feeling great, proud of our team for the way they are playing.”
This sets the stage for their third and final contest before the Olympic semifinals begin: a date with their bitter rivals from Canada tomorrow (7:30 a.m. EST) back at Shayba Arena. Canada, which is also 2-0 after defeating Finland yesterday (3-0), has won each of the last three Olympic gold medals over the U.S.
Duggan assisted on Team USA’s first goal yesterday by linemate Monique Lamoureux, which turned out to be the game-winner. She won a battle to the puck along the back wall and backhanded it behind the net to Jocelyne Lamoureux, who worked the puck towards the right corner before feeding her twin sister, who scored from the slot. That was the first of an Olympic-record three goals in 55 seconds for the Americans, who were off and running.
A 26-year-old power forward, Duggan finished yesterday’s game with a plus-2 rating and also had two shots on net in addition to her one assist.
Alex Carpenter of North Reading, the 19-year-old daughter of former St. John’s Prep star and 18-year NHL veteran Bobby Carpenter of Peabody, scored a goal for the second straight game for Team USA.