November 22, 2009

HOCKEY EAST ALL-STARS UPENDED 4-0 BY TEAM USA AT UNH'S WHITTEMORE CENTER

DURHAM, N.H. – Jocelyne Lamoureux scored two goals and Molly Schaus stopped all seven shots she faced to lead the 2009-10 U.S. Women’s Hockey National Team to a 4-0 victory against the Hockey East All-Stars in Sunday afternoon’s Qwest Tour exhibition game in front of 1,806 fans at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center.

The U.S. Team scored a goal in each of the first two periods and struck twice in the third as they generated a 43-7 shot advantage. The Hockey East All-Stars’ penalty kill unit was perfect at 6-for-6 in the game, while Team USA did not surrender a goal in its two shorthanded situations.

Lamoureux was named the U.S. Player of the Game while Florence Schelling of Northeastern University was voted the Hockey East All-Stars Player of the Game. Schelling stopped 19 of 20 shots in 29:39 of action. Providence College goalie Genevieve Lacasse went the rest of the way; she was credited with 20 saves and surrendered three goals.

Lamoureux opened the scoring at 6:34 of the first period with an unassisted when she stole the puck in the right faceoff circle and snapped a wrist shot into the upper-right corner of the net.

The Hockey East All-Stars generated a dangerous scoring chance in the seventh minute of the second period on a rush in which Danielle Welch, a sophomore forward from Boston College, one-timed a shot from the slot that was turned aside by her former teammate, Schaus.

Team USA extended its advantage to 2-0 at 17:46 of the middle stanza on goal by Kerry Weiland at the left post. Monique Lamoureux and Natalie Darwitz, with the initial pass from the slot, set up the tally.

Hockey East created an odd-man rush in the closing minutes of the second period. Melissa Anderson, a senior forward from Boston University, carried the puck into the left circle, but her centering pass eluded the stick of University of Maine senior forward Amy Stech, who was cutting down the slot.

The U.S. Team potted goals 2:58 apart – at 8:49 and 11:47 – to build a four-goal lead. Gigi Marvin, with the assistance of Angie Keseley and Kacey Bellamy, who captained last years University of New Hampshire squad, scored the team’s third goal and Jocelyn Lamoureux capped the scoring. Karen Thatcher, who skated collegiately at Providence College, and Erika Lawler set up Lamoureux’s second goal of the game.

The Hockey East All-Stars was comprised of members from all eight member schools – BC, BU, University of Connecticut, Maine, UNH, NU, PC and the University of Vermont.

UNH had three representatives on the All-Stars squad – senior forwards Micaela Long and Kelly Paton as well as junior defenseman Courtney Birchard.

Team USA has a number of ties to Hockey East. In addition to the aforementioned Bellamy, Schaus and Thatcher, Kelli Stack was a two-time Hockey East Player of the Year at Boston College. Furthermore, U.S. assistant coach Dave Flint is taking a one-year break from his position as Northeastern head coach to be with the national team and Hockey East All-Stars head coach Katie King was a member of Team USA from 1996-2006.

In earlier games of the Qwest Tour, the U.S. Team defeated the WCHA All-Stars (6-1), St. Cloud State University (13-0) and the University of North Dakota (11-1).

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