Team USA soundly defeated Finland today in both teams’ first 2018 Four Nations Cup match-up. Led by a hat trick from BC alumna, Emily Pfalzer, the Americans defeated the Finns by an impressive 8-2 final score.
Team USA’s first goal came only 4 minutes into the game and was scored by Hilary Knight. Amanda Kessel doubled the lead to make it 2-0 before the first BC goal was scored. With 6 minutes left in the first period, Pfalzer scored her first goal of the game and the goal that would ultimately be the game-winner. She would score again just 3 minutes later. It looked like the USA would be taking a 4-0 lead into intermission, but Boston College freshman Cayla Barnes scored with only 14 second remaining in the period to give the US a 5-0 advantage.
The USA and Finland each scored once in the second period, with America’s goal coming from Kelly Pannek (who was assisted by BC’s own Pfalzer and Megan Keller). Dani Cameranesi made it 7-1 just 7 minutes into the final period, and Pfalzer scored the final USA goal halfway through the period to earn the hat trick. Finland closed out the scoring with 3 minutes left in the game, and Team USA came away with a strong 8-2 victory. All told, Eagles accounted for half of Team USA’s goals, proving that Boston College certainly deserves to be respected as one of the top teams in the country.
The Americans to action at 7 PM tomorrow to face Canada, who earned a 9-0 win over Sweden earlier this afternoon.