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Published: Wednesday, 2/17/2010

U.S. women thump Russia in hockey


VANCOUVER — The young Russian women's hockey team had no chance for a miracle on this ice. At least they got a little mercy from the mighty Americans.

Jenny Potter scored three goals to set an Olympic record with her second straight hat trick, captain Natalie Darwitz had five points and the United States routed Russia 13-0 yesterday.

Twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux also were among 10 goal-scorers for the Americans, who followed up their 12-1 opening win over China with another exhibition of their skill and depth over two dominant periods before cooling it down in the third.

Jessie Vetter made seven saves for the Americans, who led 12-0 after two periods before throttling down their offense, taking just two shots in the third. The hapless Russian team gave little help to its two backup goalies facing the loaded U.S. lineup.

“All we were trying to do was keep everyone involved and playing,” said four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero. “We still had things we could work on while still respecting our opponent.”

The Russians took a list of minor penalties while trying to keep up with the faster, stronger Americans, and the U.S. capitalized with seven power play goals .

The Americans played without forward Erika Lawler, who bruised her ankle Sunday against China. Lawler is expected to play tomorrow.

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