USA women take
China to school
foes 13-0 in Boise
Express Staff Writer
scoring standpoint, Saturday’s women’s hockey game between the USA and
China was a snoozer, but it did not stop it from being absolutely
Olympic hockey forward Krissy Wendell, 20, a 5-6, 155-pounder from
Brooklyn Park, Minn., was Saturday’s game MVP with 2 goals and 4
assists. Last year’s USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year, Wendell
started at catcher in the 1994 Little League World Series. Express
photo by Willy Cook
moment the Olympians bounded through clouds of smoke on to the ice at the
Bank of America Center in Boise, the capacity crowd of 5,265 was
are amazing," spectator Kathy Seal said. "It just inspires you
to go out there and do your best, no matter what sport you do."
clearly superior speed, skills and size, the USA outshot China 60-9 in a
Krissy Wendell (2 goals and 4 assists) was named the game’s Most
Valuable Player and $1,000 was donated to the Salmon Rapids girls hockey
program in her name.
blueliner Angela Ruggerio (2 goals) and China’s goalie Guo Hong were
named Players of the Game. The "Coolest Goal of the Game" went
to Katie King (hat trick) who shook two defenders off of her to and
pocketed the puck.
squad is now 30-0 overall and 23-0 during the Visa Skate to Salt Lake
was not confined to the throngs of girls following the team around the
Grove Hotel in hopes of an autograph.
Dirk Kempthorne, who was named honorary captain for the United States
before the game, remarked, "It was just a tremendous game and it was
tremendous to have it here in Boise.
a preview to the Olympics!," he proclaimed.