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U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Defeats Sweden, 6-1
Six players scored and 15 players had at least one point as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team beat Sweden, 6-1, in the semifinals of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 20), when it will play either Canada or Switzerland.
"We're very pleased and taking the moment to recognize where we're at and what we're going to be playing for on Thursday," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "Again, we're building here and the best is yet to come we hope."
Team USA came out strong, scoring three first-period goals while outshooting Sweden, 29-1, in the first stanza. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) started the scoring at 6:10 of the opening frame when she one-timed a Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) centering feed past Sweden goaltender Valentina Wallner.
Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) made it 2-0 1:16 later when she put a hard shot on net from the point that made its way through traffic and in. Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) gave the U.S. a 3-0 advantage when she swooped in and knocked a rebound over Wallner at 11:19.
The Americans extended their lead to 5-0 in the middle frame on goals by Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.). Lamoureux scored on a shot just inside the left circle at 5:41 before Bozek ripped a slapshot through Wallner's five-hole at 12:17.
Team Sweden's Anna Borgqvist put Sweden on the board at 13:04 of the final period when she converted off an offensive-zone faceoff. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) closed the scoring at 16:58.
Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) turned away eight of the nine shots she faced.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will play in the gold-medal game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday (Feb. 20) against either Canada or Switzerland. Puck-drop is scheduled for noon ET and it will be broadcast live on NBC.
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