Grand Forks' Lamoreux sets up four goals, scores brilliant goal in Olympic women's hockey
There didn't appear to be any first-Olympic jitters for the three area women's hockey players.
Monique Lamoureux set a U.S. women's Olympic single-game record with four assists, Gigi Marvin added a pair of helpers and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored a jaw-dropping, highlight-reel goal in Team USA's 12-1 win over China in a preliminary-round game at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The first-career Olympic game for Grand Forks' Lamoureux twins and Warroad's Marvin quickly turned into the rout that was expected and the trio was able to show off some phenomenal skills to the world.
Jocelyne had the play of the day.
At the end of the second period, she headed toward the goal one-on-one with a Chinese defenseman. Jocelyne dragged the puck behind her body, pulled it between her legs and cruised around the defenseman. Then, she got the goaltender to open up and she slammed the puck five-hole.
Nine-time NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick told NBC that the goal was "Ovechkin-like," referring to the two-time NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin.
The New York Times called it "a YouTube-keeper."
The Vancouver Sun said it was a "Pavel Bure-like move."
And Dallas Morning News columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote, "Jocelyne Lamoureux's goal against China was as pretty as any goal the Stars' Mike Ribeiro has scored, including his between-the-legs masterpiece last week."
That goal, which NBC posted on its Web site, overshadowed a record-breaking game by Jocelyne's twin sister.
Monique set up two of Jenny Potter's three goals and finished with a total of four assists.
She sent Potter in alone for Team USA's third goal of the first period and picked up another assist later in the frame. Monique helped put the game on ice with a pair of assists in the third, setting up Molly Engstrom and Natalie Darwitz.
Only Potter (three goals, two assists) finished with more points than Monique.
Marvin also had a strong game. The Warroad product made a beautiful backhand saucer pass to set up Lisa Chesson in the second period and notched another assist while jamming at a loose puck in the third. Meghan Duggan eventually put it away.
The Americans outshot China 61-7 for the game, including a 24-1 advantage in the opening frame.
Team USA has two more preliminary-round games remaining. The Americans play Russia on Tuesday afternoon and Finland on Thursday. The medal round begins next week.
"It was a great way for us to start the tournament for a lot of reasons," American head coach Mark Johnson said. "Our young players got to go out for their first Olympic experience in front of a great crowd and face good opposition. I'm encouraged by the way we got started and look forward to our next game against Russia."