The U.S. Women’s National Team took home the consolation bronze medal in their last game of the 2013 Four Nations Cup tournament yesterday afternoon. They defeated Sweden for the second time, with a score of 8-1. This was the first time Team USA did not play for gold since the inception of the tournament in 1996. Canada won gold over Finland, who had never played in the championship game before, by a score of 6-3.

USA played a similar game against Sweden as they did in their Cup opener. Goaltender Molly Schaus didn’t see much action in her own end, only making 5 saves in the win. The United States scoring also saw 3 goals in as little as 1:39, echoing the 4 goals in 4 minutes scored in the first game.

Team USA outscored their opponents 21-8 with a goal differential of 13, a number inflated by both performances against Sweden. Despite finishing lower than ever in the Four Nations Cup, head coach Katey Stone was positive about her team’s performance.

“I like where our game has ended up after four games here in Lake Placid,” said Stone. “We came out flying today and it won’t stop for us here. We’re just going to try and get better everyday.”

Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.


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