The Flyers Skate Zone was over capacity to witness Game 2 between Team Keller and Team Decker featuring familiar names including Kendall Coyne, Hilary Knight, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Monique and Jocelyn Lamoreoux, Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, Megan Keller, and others.
This physical contest lived up to the hype as Team Keller defeated Team Decker by a score of 6-2.
The line of Dani Cameranesi, Amanada Kessel, and Hannah Brandt were dominant from the minute the puck. Cameranesi was named first star of the game as she netted two goals in her team’s victory. Kessel had three assists while Brandt her line mate had three points (one goal and two assists).
Katie Burt, who named the third star of the game, from Team Keller was amazing as well. She stood on her head stopping 30 shots in her team’s victory. Burt stopped everything she saw on and was instrumental in allowing Team Keller to build an early lead.
One of two goals that got by her was scored from the stick of Kendall Coyne Schofield. Late in the second period, Lee Stecklein chipped the puck and Coyne Schofield showed why she is one of the fastest players in the world. Her quick stride allowed her to get to the puck and chip it past Burt.
Cameranesi opened the scoring 19 seconds into the first period to give Team Keller the lead. About midway through the first period Brandt up the lead to 2-0. The score remained the same until Hayley Scamurra increased the lead to 3-0. It appeared the rout was on in this.
However, Team Decker made things interesting. After getting a late goal in the second period the Team Keller lead was cut to one early in the third period when Margo Lund scored on a great pass by Reagan Haley. That would be the closest Team Decker would get to catching Team Keller. ‘
As the third period went on Team Keller put on their foot on their accelerator. Savannah Harmon increased the lead to 4-2. Then Cameranesi scored her second of the game make it 5-2 on a pass from Brandt. With the Team Decker net empty, Monique Lamoureux-Morando potted the sixth goal for Team Keller. And that was all she wrote.
The physicality was high in both games, but when you have Americans battling against each other it is something special. Both teams were playing the body hard. The referees let them in this game.
The crowd was ready for this one even before the game got underway. Kids got autographs at the end of the game and in between each period. The players giving back to those coming out to support them,.
There are two games on the docket on Sunday as Team Decker takes on Team Nurse in the consolation game at 11 am and Team Keller takes on Team Turnbull in the Championship game at 2pm.
Keep it tuned to the Women’s Hockey Tribune on Sunday for updates throughout the day.