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U.S. Women Defeat Finland, 15-1, At 2012 Four Nations Cup

Team USA will face Canada in the final on Saturday
VANTAA, Finland – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Finland, 15-1, tonight in the final round-robin game of the 2012 Four Nations Cup at Tikkurila Valtti Arena.

“I thought it was very encouraging,” said Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.), head coach of Team USA. “A lot of really good things happened today and a lot of people participated in getting on the scoresheet. We did a lot of things better today than we did the first two days (that) we played. Our game’s building in the right direction and that’s promising.”

Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored a natural hat trick in the first period and added a fourth goal in the second period. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) also had four goals in the game. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) was the third U.S. player to reach four points (1-3=4) when she contributed a goal early in the third period.

Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.) scored her first international goal, a tally that would eventually hold up as the game-winner, at 7:12 of the first period and tacked on two assists for three points in the contest. In total, 16 different players recorded at least one point and 11 players had multiple-point efforts in the offensive flurry.

The U.S. will play Canada in the championship game tomorrow (Saturday) at 5 p.m. (10 a.m. EST).  The two teams met earlier in round-robin play, a game in which Team USA dropped a 3-1 decision to the Canadians.

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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!