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US spreads the scoring in 10-0 rout of Japan at Women's Worlds

The Americans led 9-0 after two periods with goals by nine different players. It wasn’t until Alex Carpenter’s goal about four minutes into the third period that a U.S. player notched their second goal of the game.

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Hayley Scamurra (16) of the U.S. celebrates scoring their fourth goal against Japan with Taylor Heise (27) and Savannah Harmon (15) in preliminary round play at the IIHF Women's World Championship Aug. 25, 2022, in Herning, Denmark.
Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

HERNING, Denmark — Team USA received goals from nine different players, including two from Alex Carpenter , and Minnesota's fifth-year senior Taylor Heise had a tournament record-tying five assists in a 10-0 rout of Japan on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Women's World Championships.

The Americans led 9-0 after two periods with goals by nine different players. It wasn’t until Carpenter’s goal about four minutes into the third period that a U.S. player notched their second goal of the game.

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Hilary Knight of the U.S. carries the puck against Japan in preliminary round play at the IIHF Women's World Championship Aug. 25, 2022, in Herning, Denmark.
Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

Japan managed just six shots on goal — including three in the final period — against U.S. netminder Nicole Hensley . Meanwhile, the Americans fired 62 shots on net.

Former Minnesota Gopher standout Amanda Kessel and Carpenter scored 29 seconds apart near the end of the second period for a 9-0 lead. Heise notched her fifth assist of the game by finding Carpenter breaking toward the net.

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The U.S. chased Japan’s Akane Konishi from the net after its seventh goal, a power play tally by Abby Roque at 8:36 of the second period. Roque found open space in front of Konishi and redirected Cayla Barnes ’ shot from the point.

The Americans are looking to get back to their winning ways after they had won five-straight world titles before Canada put an end to that streak in OT last year.

The Americans scored four goals during a three-minute stretch surrounding the first intermission.

Caroline Harvey stuffed a backhand goal with one minute left in the first period and Hayley Scamurra scored over Konishi's blocker with just 11 seconds remaining. After the break, Lacey Eden made it 5-0 on a tip just 1:15 into the second period and 41 seconds later, Hannah Bilka added a power play goal with a one-timer from the right circle.

The U.S. got on the board at 6:27 of the first period when former Gopher Kelly Pannek found room in the slot and fired a pass from the goal line from Kendall Coyne Schofield into the net. Less than two minutes later, Rory Guilday beat Konishi with a long shot to the stick side for a 2-0 U.S. lead.

Canada beat the US in the 2021 tournament in Calgary. Prior to that loss, the US had won five straight Women's World Championships.

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Hayley Scamurra (16) of the U.S. charges to the net against Japan's Ayaka Hitosato (4), Suzuka Taka (18) and Akane Konishi (30) in preliminary round play at the IIHF Women's World Championship Aug. 25, 2022, in Herning, Denmark.
Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

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Rob Beer is the digital content manager for Forum Communications. A journalist with Forum Communications since 1991, he serves as editor of The Rink Liveand assists with Northland Outdoors and other content produced by the company.
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