US women rout Russia 10-0 to wrap pool play at worlds
ESPOO, Finland (AP) - Kendall Coyne Schofield and Lee Stecklein scored two goals each, and the United States routed Russia 10-0 Tuesday in the final game of the preliminary round at the women's world championship.
Annie Pankowski had three assists, and Alex Carpenter added two as 15 Americans had at least a point. The United States wrapped up pool play undefeated for a fourth straight world championship. The U.S. will play Japan, a 3-2 winner over Sweden, in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Amanda Kessel scored the first goal a couple minutes in, Cayla Barnes followed at 13:44 and Coyne Schofield stole the puck and scored 17 seconds later as the U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Stecklein scored her first goal in IIHF tournament play at 8:18 of the second, making it 5-0. That forced Russian goalie Valeria Merkusheva to the bench with Anna Prugova replacing her in net. The U.S. wound up with four goals in the second and added three more in the third.
Alex Rigsby made 12 saves for her third win in this tournament.
Canada was playing Finland later Tuesday while the Czech Republic faced Germany in the final games of the preliminary round.
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