Reporting from Vancouver, Canada — While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group.
The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena.
The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
Against Russia, the U.S. got three goals and an assist from Jenny Potter, two goals and three assists from Natalie Darwitz and a seven-save shutout from goaltender Jessie Vetter as it dominated play from the outset.
Hilary Knight added four assists and Kelli Stack had a goal and three assists.
"Canada can look at our scores and come to the same conclusion," Darwitz said. "We need to worry about ourselves. We have a corner of our eye on them but at the same time we're looking forward, straight ahead at our task at hand. That's what we're going to do until the game says Canada vs. USA."