Gophers Assist Team USA in Repeating as Four Nations Champions

Go Gophers! Anne Schleper
Go Gophers!
Anne Schleper
Go Gophers!

Nov. 10, 2012

Former Gopher Anne Schleper put the nail in the coffin on Saturday as she tallied the final USA goal in their 3-0 win over Team Canada in the 2012 Four Nations Cup Championship. All three of Team USA’s goals came on special teams plays, including one shorthanded goal.

 The USWNT snagged an early 1-0 lead in the first period as Kendall Coyne, who plays at Northeastern, countered the Canadians push and netted a shorthanded goal.

Their lead was extended to 2-0 midway through the second period when the Lamoureux twins from North Dakota connected with Hilary Knight on a power play opportunity.

It was then in the third period that Schleper scored the American’s second power-play goal of the game and put the game out of reach for Team Canada.

Team USA avenges its 3-1 loss that it suffered to Canada on Wednesday and repeats as Four Nations Cup Champions. It is the fifth time the USWNT has won the tournament in their 16 appearances.

Senior Megan Bozek and junior Amanda Kessel tallied a plethora of on-ice time, while freshman Milica McMillen and former Gopher Sarah Erickson did not see action in the contest.

The three current Gophers return to the Twin Cities this weekend and begin practice on Monday as Minnesota prepares to face Minnesota State next Friday and Saturday. Both games will be held at Ridder Arena with Friday night’s battle beginning at 7:07 p.m.