Grand Forks native Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored Group USA’s first objective of the Olympics — assisted by her twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson — and the People managed to carry off Finland three-1 early Sunday morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Kendell Coyne added an influence-play objective 2 minutes, 31 seconds later and Dani Cameranesi iced it with an empty-netter within the third.
The sport featured 5 former UND gamers — they usually took middle stage.
Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani performed collectively on Finland’s prime line, whereas the Lamoureux twins teamed up on USA’s third line, which was its most efficient.
The Lamoureux twins, who gained silver medals in 2010 and 2014, drew two energy performs and scored a key aim.
Trailing 1-zero close to the halfway level within the recreation, Monique picked up a puck within the nook, drove to the web and tried a backhand from in tight. Finnish goalie Noora Raty, who starred at Minnesota in school, made the preliminary save, however Monique picked up the rebound and fired it residence together with her forehand to tie it 1-1.
It was Monique’s 14th-profession Olympic level and Jocelyne’s twelfth. With yet one more level, Jocelyne will transfer into the highest 10 all-time in American factors on the Olympic Video games.
Within the moments after Monique’s objective, the People scored on the facility play. Brianna Decker pulled a puck off the wall and despatched a move to start out a two-on-one with Hilary Knight and Coyne. Knight fed Coyne, who roofed a shot from the within of the correct circle to make it 2-1 USA.
However the People couldn’t get any respiration room. Raty stopped 39 of forty one photographs for the sport and held the U.S. at bay.
Offense will proceed to be a query mark for the People, who tackle Russia at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday. The U.S. scored simply three objectives in 4 video games towards Canada within the lead as much as the Olympic Video games.