Hilary Knight scores twice, Team USA goes 3-0 at Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The United States prepared for their group showdown with Canada by beating Switzerland 9-0 at the women’s ice hockey world championship on Monday.
The United States tied Canada with a 3-0 record. Their tighter Group A on Tuesday, also in Herning, should be a taste of Sunday’s final.
The Czech Republic also improved to 3-0 after topping winless Germany 6-0 in Group B.
Seven Americans have scored, including two goals each for Hilary Knight and Taylor Heise, who scored her first goals for the United States
Heise’s pair led the USA to a 4-0 lead after the first period.
Knight’s pair took their career world championship point total to 83, tied for second in tournament history. Hayley Wickenheiser has the record of 86.
Switzerland pulled goalkeeper Andrea Braendli after the first period, possibly to save her for the more crucial game against Finland on Tuesday for third-fourth in their group.
Finland got their first win over Japan, 9-3. Viivi Vainikka scored two goals and one assist. Victory follows losses to Canada and USA
Japan finished group play without a win.
The Czech Republic remained undefeated and Germany went 0-3. The six Czech goals were scored by different players in Frederikshavn. Defender Dominika Laskova has had six assists in these worlds so far.
Sweden confirmed a top-two spot behind the Czechs after beating Hungary 3-2 in their second consecutive shootout victory.
Hungary rallied twice from one goal to force extra time. Hungary and the Swedes went to a shootout and missed the first 15 attempts combined – the post was hit by Swedes Hanna Olsson and Nylen Persson and Hungary’s Alexandra Huszak – until Olsson scored her second consecutive goal in shooting.
Sweden and the Czech Republic face off for the group win on Tuesday.