HAMDEN, Conn. - Eleven players factored in the scoring in leading the U.S. Women's National Team to an 8-2 win over the ECAC Hockey All-Stars in Qwest Tour action today at TD Bank Sports Center. Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.), Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) each tallied two goals in pacing Team USA to victory.
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"It was a fun afternoon and a wonderful crowd," said Mark Johnson, head coach for Team USA. "The game was pretty entertaining and I was very impressed with the effort of the ECAC All-Stars. I also like that we scored eight goals - it's good to see players get rewarded for their efforts."
Team USA opened the scoring just :21 into the contest when Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley, Calif.) put a hard slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past ECAC Hockey netminder Sonja van der Bliek. Hilary Knight (Hanover, N.H.) then gave the Americans a 2-0 advantage at 4:56 and Cahow made it 3-0 when she knocked the puck in after Jocelyne Lamoureux skated it in at 12:32.
The U.S. squad put up three more goals in the second frame, while the ECACH All-Stars gained a pair of tallies to make it a 6-2 game. Jocelyne Lamoureux potted one at 2:38 off a feed from Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.), then Cahow netted her second goal of the outing at the 9:13 mark for a 5-0 score.
The All-Stars came back with consecutive goals, first from Tara Akstull at 12:12, then from Anna McDonald at 16:51, as the U.S. lead was cut to 5-2. Darwitz closed out the period by completing a tic-tac-toe play with Knight and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) for a 6-2 score at 19:50.
In the final stanza, Team USA scored twice more, including the second goal for both Darwitz and Jocelyne Lamoureux in a :20 span (12:40 and 13:00).
Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) made 26 saves in net for the U.S., while the three ECAC Hockey goalies combined for 28 stops.