United States 5, Finland 0
Dani Cameranesi scored her first points with the senior team to earn Player of the Game honors and help lead Team USA to the win. She led the team with a goal and an assist, while captain Alex Carpenter also collected two assists for a multi-point game.
Hilary Knight got the scoring started for the United States, scoring 8:16 into the game to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Team USA held a 12-3 advantage in shots after one period of play.
Haley Skarupa extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play marker midway through the second period, and Cameranesi picked up her goal a few minutes later to give the U.S. a 3-0 advantage. Defensemen Emily Pfalzer and Monique Lamoureux both added tallies in the third period for the 5-0 final.
Finnish goalie Evelina Suonpää made 35 saves in the loss, as Team USA outshot the Finns 40-14. Molly Schaus earned the shutout in net for the Americans. Defenseman Jenni Hiirikoski was named Player of the Game for Finland.
Canada 2, Sweden 0
Jillian Saulnier and Jamie Lee Rattray both scored their first goals in their national team debuts to lift Canada to victory in its opening game.
Saulnier cashed in first on a great feed from Jenelle Kohanchuk down low, giving the Canadians a 1-0 lead 7:22 into the game. Swedish netminder Kim Marti’n Hasson kept it a one-goal game heading into the intermission, making 11 saves through the first 20 minutes.
Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 2:31 into the second period, when Rattray collected a puck at center ice and burst into the zone to create a partial break for herself; she cut in and stashed it high blocker side to beat Marti’n Hasson. The Canadians continued to dominate that period, holding the Swedes without a shot on net while putting up 19 of their own.
Sweden kept things much closer in the third period and earned a power play opportunity late, but couldn’t find a way to beat Emerance Maschmeyer, who picked up a 12-save shutout in her very first game with Team Canada.
Sweden and Finland will face off tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST in a rematch of February’s Olympic quarterfinal match-up, which the Swedes took, 4-3. The United States will then take on Canada, which is always a highly-anticipated contest, at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST.