February 17

U.S. women coast past Sweden 6-1 in ice hockey, head for final

The U.S. will play for the gold against the winner of the semifinal between Canada and Switzerland.

By Jimmy Golen
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia – Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists to help the United States beat Sweden 6-1 Monday and earn a spot in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.

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Team USA gathers at mid ice after defeating Sweden 6-1 during a 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena on Monday in Sochi, Russia.

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USA Goalkeeper Jessie Vetter and Amanda Kessel meet near mid ice with Lee Stecklein and Monique Lamoureux after defeating Sweden 6-1 during a 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena on Monday in Sochi, Russia.

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Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves to help the Americans clinch no worse than a silver medal. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women’s hockey was added in 1998, and just once – with a loss to Sweden in the 2006 semifinals – failed to reach the Olympic championship game.

The United States will play the winner of the late semifinal between Canada and Switzerland for the gold medal. A victory by Canada would set up a rematch of the 1998, 2002 and ‘10 finals.

The U.S. won the gold medal in Nagano then took silver in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. Canada also won Wednesday’s game in the preliminary round 3-2.

Anna Borgqvist scored on a deflected shot past Vetter with just under seven minutes remaining to spoil the shutout.

The U.S. outshot Sweden 70-9. Valentina Wallner made 42 saves for Sweden before she was pulled with 7:29 left in the second period. Kim Martin Hasson, the first woman to play goal in five Olympics, stopped 22 of 23 shots the rest of the way.

Alex Carpenter and Kacey Bellamy scored in a span of 66 seconds in the first period, and Amanda Kessel gave the Americans a 3-0 lead before Sweden got off its first shot. The U.S. outshot Sweden 29-1 in the first period.

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Brianna Decker of the United States (14), Kendall Coyne (26) and Amanda Kessel celebrate a goal by Decker against Sweden during the third period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena on Monday in Sochi, Russia.

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