U.S. thump China 12-1 in opener

A day after Canada’s 18-0 win, the U.S. women’s hockey team made their case as the team beat China 12-1 on Sunday.

Jenny Potter had a hat-trick and two assists, setting a new Olympic points record among U.S. women.

Potter, who is competing in her fourth Olympics, now has 26 points representing her country, surpassing Katie King’s record of 23.

The U.S. came out strong scoring five goals in the opening period and outshooting China 24-1.

Monique Lamoureux had four assists, while Captain Natalie Darwitz and Julie Chu had three points each. Five other American players finished with two points.

Jin Fengling scored the lone goal for China late in the third, much to the pleasure of the crowd at UBC Thunderbird Arena.

Chinese goaltender Shi Yao had a superb game making 49 saves in the lop-sided loss.

Goalie Molly Shaus saved six shots for the Americans, while Brianne McLaughlin made one save after replacing Shaus late in the third.

The U.S. outshot China 61-7 overall.

The Americans, who have won the last two World Championships; come into Vancouver ranked first and will attempt to make-up for their disappointing third place finish in Torino.

The Chinese team has high hopes going into the Games after posting 15 victories in a cross-Canada exhibition schedule over the past two years.

The U.S. will try for their second win on Tuesday at 5:30PM EST when they take on Russia. China will look to rebound against Finland at 10:00PM EST.