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.”