1. Anni Keisala, G (FIN): Without the stability of Keisala, Finland’s fate against the USA would have been much worse. Keisala played calm, staying square and challenging shooters while weathering the American onslaught. In total, she faced 72 shots against a relentless American attack. Despite the game eventually getting out of hand, Keisala remained composed sending rebounds out of harm’s way, and giving Finland a fighting chance to stay in the game.
2. Sarah Fillier, C (CAN): If there is a player in this tournament with the potential to lift you out of your seat on any given shift, it’s Fillier. On her first goal, Fillier momentarily considered trying “the Michigan” before circling the zone and scoring off a redirect. Her second goal of the game was a corralled turnover where she walked low and went shortside. At the last World Championship, we talked about the coming of Fillier’s stardom, but at this tournament, she has arrived.
3. Amanda Kessel, RW (USA): Her line of Taylor Heise and Alex Carpenter were everywhere in game two, but it was Kessel’s finishing touch, and on-ice vision that kept the attack moving. Kessel found open space on each of her goals, connecting on a second-period power-play goal and a third-period even-strength marker. She also assisted on Jincy Dunne’s first-period goal. From wire to wire, when the USA was threatening, Kessel was in the mix.