SOCHI, Russia – Amanda Kessel often is referred to as Phil Kessel's sister. But the way the women's hockey tournament is unfolding, Phil might soon be called "Amanda Kessel's brother."
Amanda looked dominant Monday, generating two goals and two assists to help the U.S. women's hockey team (2-0) to a 9-0 win against Switzerland in front of a crowd of 3,812.
Much like her older sibling, Kessel is a scoring winger who uses her speed and instincts to humble defenders. She scored a third goal early in the third period that was erased because video replay showed Kendall Coyne had actually scored before that play had occurred. Coyne ended up with two goals and two assists in the contest.
Phil Kessel arrived in Sochi and he is expected to be one of the go-to scorers for the American men.
The game was a good tune-up for the Americans, who will face the Canadians on Wednesday (7:30 a.m. ET). The Americans scored those nine goals against quality goalie Florence Schelling, who plays in a lower-division Swiss men's league.
The Canadians, who have won the past three Olympic tournaments, had posted a 5-0 win against Schelling in their opening game of the tournament.
The Americans won their last four games against Canada in the pre-Olympic tour, and each of those games was a physical battle. The USA and Canada are projected to meet in the gold medal final.
Monique Lamoureaux also scored a pair of goals for the USA, while Brianna Decker, Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight netted one each. Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter.