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US Women Win Hockey Debut

February 8, 1998

NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ Veteran forward Cammi Granato scored twice as the United States women’s hockey team made its Olympic debut Sunday with a 5-0 victory over China.

Young stars Tara Mounsey and Jennifer Schmigdall, as well as Karyn Bye, each added a goal and an assist in the penalty-filled match.

Granato, the team’s captain and one of three U.S. players who have been on the national team since 1990, opened the scoring on a power play midway through the first period. She tipped a rebound over China goalie Guo Hong, who had dropped to stop shots by Schmigdall and Gretchen Ulion.

Granato scored again late in the third for the Americans’ final goal, again firing a rebound past the sprawled Chinese goalie, who stopped 26 of the 31 shots she faced. China managed only 10 shots on U.S. goalie Sarah Tueting.

Mounsey, 19, set up Bye’s power play goal near the end of the first and scored the second period’s only goal, a slap shot from the center of the blue line, to make it 3-0.

Schmigdall put the United States ahead 4-0 in the middle of the third, also picking up a loose rebound and firing past the fallen Guo.

The Chinese, who have a reputation for chippy play, drew seven penalties to the United States’ five.

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