By Bill Brophy for WCHA.com
Long ago Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and her twin sister Monique were the most mentioned stars in the North Dakota women's hockey record book. On Tuesday, Jocelyne made her mark in the Winter Olympics record book.
Lamoureux-Davidson scored the two quickest goals in Olympic hockey history and the sudden outburst propelled the United States to a 5-0 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
With the U.S. leading 1-0 in the second period, Lamoureux-Davidson scored in a span of six seconds, a record for the fastest two goals by a man or woman in an Olympic hockey game, and helped assure the Americans (2-0-0, 6 points in Pool B play) a spot in the semifinals round.
Two former Minnesota skaters also had a big day as Team USA outshot the Russians, 50-13. Gigi Marvin, an Olympic veteran, scored her first Olympic goal and an added an assist, while Hannah Brandt, a former Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year, scored in the third period. Nicole Hensley recorded the shutout in goal. She made 13 saves.
But the big star was Lamoureux-Davidson. The women's record for quickest two goals was previously held by former Minnesota Duluth star Caroline Ouellette, who scored twice in 16 seconds for Canada at the 2006 Games. The men's record for quickest goals was set in 1960, when Sweden's Carl Goran Oberg scored two goals in eight seconds.
Lamoureux-Davidson also added an assist against OAR (0-2-0) and is the Americans' leading scorer with four points in two tournament games. She moved into a tie with her sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, for sixth all-time in U.S. scoring at the Olympics with 15 points.
A recap of the game is here: http://www.startribune.com/u-s-women-find-their-scoring-magic-in-5-0-victory-over-team-from-russia/473920133/
The Americans' next game is against bitter rival Canada, which also advanced to the semifinal round with a 4-1 victory over Finland (0-2-0). Canada (2-0-0) got a goal and an assist from Meghan Agosta, the MVP of the 2010 games. Agosta now has 16 career Olympic goals, two shy of Canada's Haley Wickenheiser's all-time record. Here is a recap of Team Canada's victory:
The United States and Canada conclude Pool A play Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. (CST) in a much-anticipated game which will be televised live on NBCSN. Canada is the four-time defending gold medalist while the Americans are the defending world champions. The gold medal game is scheduled for Feb. 22.
The Olympic hockey competition resumes Wednesday at 1:40 a.m. (CST) when Switzerland (2-0-0, 6 points) plays Sweden (2-0-0, 6 points). At 6:40 a.m., Japan (0-2-0) meets Korea (0-2-0), which is looking for its first Olympic victory and scoring its first goal in Olympic competition. Both Switzerland and Sweden have clinched berths in Saturday's quarterfinals.
The standings for Pool A and Pool B are here: http://pyeongchang2018.iihf.hockey/women/
Group A will feature the top four teams based on the 2016 IIHF World Ranking -- the United States, Canada, Finland and Olympic Athletes from Russia -- with each of them automatically earning a spot in the elimination round. Group B will feature the remaining four teams in the tournament – Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and the unified Korean team -- with the top two teams qualifying for the elimination round.
After each team competes in three preliminary round games, the top two teams in Group A will receive a first-round bye in the medal round -- automatically advancing them to the semifinal round. In the quarterfinal round, the third-place team from Group A will play the second-place team in Group B, while the fourth-place team in Group A plays the top team in Group B. The quarterfinal winners will advance to face the top two teams in Group A, while the two quarterfinal losers will play the bottom two teams in Group B in a classification round that determines places five through eight in the tournament standings.
Even though Noora Räty, the Finnish goaltender, has two losses in the tournament, she has once again proved why she is one of the best women's goalies in the world. Here is the background of how the former Minnesota all-American returned the Winter Games this year: http://pyeongchang2018.iihf.hockey/women/news/raty/
So far in Olympic competition, Switzerland's Alina Muller is the top scorer with seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and her teammate Sara Benz has five points (2-3). Lamoureux-Davidson (2-2) and last year's WCHA Player of the Year and former Minnesota Duluth star Lara Stalder, of Switzerland, each have four points (2 goals, 2 assists), and UMD alumna Pernilla Winberg of Sweden has three (2-1). Among other WCHA alumnae in the tournament, Sweden's Fällman, Canada's Haley Irwin, USA's Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Marvin, Brandt, and Dani Cameranesi have each scored one goal. Canada's Brigette Lacquette and the United States' Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker each have an assist in the first games and Maddie Rooney of Team USA and Ann-Renée Desbiens of Canada (a shutout) have posted goaltending victories.
A schedule of all the women's hockey games at the Olympics is here: https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/ice-hockey/daily-schedule.htm
NBC will broadcast and stream the games live. Erika Lawler, a former U.S. Olympian who played at Wisconsin, and Tessa Bonhomme, the former Ohio State all-American who won a gold medal for Team Canada, are part of NBC's coverage.
There are 37 current and former WCHA stars who are competing in the 2018 Games. Sarah Murray, a former athlete at Minnesota Duluth, is the coach of the historic Korean team.
Team USA includes 14 former and current WCHA players. Team Canada includes nine former and current WCHA players, while Team Finland has seven, Team Sweden features five WCHA alumnae and Team Switzerland has two players with WCHA ties.
Here is the breakdown of WCHA players on the rosters.
* -- denotes that player has eligibility remaining
Goaltenders (2): Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin; *Maddie Rooney, Minnesota Duluth
Defense (4): Monique Lamoureux-Morando, North Dakota; Gigi Marvin, Minnesota; Lee Stecklein, Minnesota; Sidney Morin, Minnesota Duluth
Forwards (8): Hannah Brandt, Minnesota; Dani Cameranesi, Minnesota; Brianna Decker, Wisconsin; Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin; Amanda Kessel, Minnesota Hilary Knight, Wisconsin; Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, North Dakota; *Kelly Pannek, Minnesota
Goaltender (1): Ann-Renée Desbiens, Wisconsin
Defense (3): Brigette Lacquette, Minnesota Duluth; Jocelyne Larocque, Minnesota Duluth; Meaghan Mikkelson, Wisconsin
Forwards (5): *Emily Clark, Wisconsin; Haley Irwin, Minnesota Duluth; Sarah Nurse, Wisconsin; Natalie Spooner, Ohio State; Blayre Turnbull, Wisconsin
Goalie (2): Noora Räty, Minnesota; Eveliina Suonpää, Minnesota Duluth
Defense (1): Mira Jalosuo, Minnesota
Forwards (4): Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota; Susanna Tapani, North Dakota; Emma Nuutinen, North Dakota; Minnamari Tuominen, Ohio State
Defense (3): Johanna Fallman, North Dakota; Emilia Andersson Ramboldt, Minnesota State; Annie Svedin, Ohio State
Forwards (2): Maria Lindh, Minnesota Duluth; Pernilla Winberg, Minnesota Duluth
Goalie (1): *Janine Alder, St. Cloud State
Forwards (1): Lara Stalder, Minnesota Duluth