Amidst talks of instilling a mercy rule in the event, or removing the event entirely from future Olympic schedules, the US Women's Hockey team continues to be a powerhouse in their preliminary round blow out of Russia.
Jenny Potter scored her second hat trick in as many games leading the USA Women to a 13-0 win over Russia.
It was clear from the outset that the US women outmatched Russia from the opening face-off. The Russian squad just couldn't defend against the speed of the US attack, and got into penalty trouble early.
Russian forward Ekaterina Smolentseva said after the game, "That wasn't part of the plan."
The Russian squad only managed seven shots on goal, leaving US goalie Jessie Vetter untested all match.
What is amazing is that the score wasn't higher.
Coach Mark Johnson, who is no stranger to the US-Russia rivalry after scoring two goals against Russia for the 1980 Miracle on Ice team, said his message was clear between periods: Compete, but be respectful. These Russian women also worked hard to get here, and are fulfilling their own dreams.
This was most evident in the third period, when the American team only took two shots on goal.
The US Women look to continue their dominance in the preliminary round against Finland on Thursday.
Also of note:
US forward Erika Lawler sat out with an ankle sprain sustained during the match against China. She is expected back in the lineup for Thursday's game.
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