US women rout Sweden to earn gold medal game

 

The U.S. Women have look to keep their gold medal game streak alive. (USATSI)
Team USA breezed previous Sweden to advance to the gold-medal sport in women's hockey. (USATSI)

After dominating Sweden to the tune of a 6-1 ultimate, the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Group is on its way to the gold-medal recreation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It is going to be the fourth trip to the ultimate within the 5 Olympics girls's hockey has been part of.

Workforce USA out-shot Sweden 70-9 within the recreation and was near perfect from begin to finish. Six totally different players scored targets for the U.S. as the offense was unfold out. Defenseman Megan Bozek and ahead Brianna Decker every had three factors to tempo the American attack.

Jessie Vetter didn't get much work between the pipes for Staff USA, making eight saves on 9 shots. Sweden's starter Valentina Wallner did all she might to maintain issues shut as she made 42 saves on forty seven photographs before being yanked in favor of Kim Martin-Hasson.

It was a dominant effort all through for Group USA, which had 4 days off since its disappointing preliminary-spherical loss to Canada. That should help increase confidence heading right into a extremely-anticipated gold-medal sport.

The U.S. will now await the winner of the semifinal between Canada and Switzerland. In all probability, we'll be wanting at the fourth USA-Canada remaining since ladies's hockey came to the Olympics in 1998.

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USA 6, Sweden 1 – ULTIMATE

9:45 a.m. – SPORT OVER Team USA earns a 6-1 win over Sweden and will advance to the gold-medal sport for the fourth time within the final five Olympics. They're going to await the winner of Canada-Switzerland semifinal. Gold-medal game is set for Thursday.

9:41 a.m. – OBJECTIVE USA – Brianna Decker's initial shot rocketed off the crossbar, but it surely goes off a Swedish defender's skate and into the net. So Staff USA's first purpose of the third period is an awfully wacky one.

9:39 a.m. – A little bit of scrum develops in entrance of the Sweden net. Not a lot comes of it as time is winding down. Under 4 minutes now.

9:37 a.m. – PENALTY SHOT STOPPED Jocelyne Lamoureux attempts the spin-o-rama on the penalty shot, but Kim Martin-Hasson makes an enormous pad save. Still 5-1.

9:36 a.m. – Penalty shot arising for Team USA as Jocelyne Lamoureux was hauled down from behind on a breakaway.

9:32 a.m. – AIM SWEDEN Some extent shot from Emma Eliasson might have taken a deflection off Anna Borgqvist and the Swedes are on the board for the first time. Sweden buzzing a bit more in the third period.

9:31 a.m. – Jessie Vetter has her toughest take a look at yet as Erica Uden-Johansson's wraparound try sqeezed through. Vetter was in a position to get her glove behind her and sweep the puck off the road. So shut, but no aim.

9:29 a.m. – USA not fairly simply going by way of the motions, but they don't seem to be pushing as onerous for offense in this period. Photographs are not coming as fast and furious, although they maintain a 7-1 advantage over the Swedes thus far this era.

9:25 a.m. – Sweden showing no stop on the market. They're still making an attempt to generate chances, but struggling to get by way of to the U.S. night time. Just one shot on goal this era, but they keep pushing the tempo and are making the U.S. work defensively.

9:19 a.m. – U.S. doing an excellent job of working the offensive zone with a variety of crisp passing and searching for good shots. They're still very much in control and never showing any indicators of letting up despite the score.

9:15 a.m. – Third period underway.

9:09 a.m. – Now can be a very good time to refresh that cup of coffee. USA-Sweden will hit the ice once more shortly for the third interval. Group USA 20 minutes from one other trip to the gold-medal sport.

9:03 a.m. – Second Period Recap:

It was a lot of the identical within the second period because the U.S. continued its dominance of Sweden. Targets from Monique Lamoureux and Megan Bozek have the lead at 5-0. Now the U.S. ladies must focus getting out of the third interval wholesome and not growing any unhealthy habits With the probably state of affairs of enjoying Canada for gold on Thursday, it is important to give attention to taking part in the way they have all along. Unfortunately, that means not letting up in a recreation that's already out of hand.

9 a.m. – Second interval ends with the U.S. up 5-zero. Shots are fifty one-6.

8:54 a.m. – The U.S. has reached 50 pictures within the recreation with 3:59 to play in the second interval. Fifty.

8:fifty one a.m. – All the credit to Wallner, who now sits on the bench. She made forty two saves and really was by no means given a lot of a chance. It could be lots worse if she didn't make some incredible stops throughout her time in net.

8:49 a.m. – Veteran Kim Martin-Hasson will come out to interchange Valentina Wallner. She was the goaltender that helped Sweden upset the U.S. within the 2006 semis. Doesn't appear like history may have a chance to repeat itself, although.

AIM USA – Megan Bozek's blast from the top of the purpose finds its way past Wallner to make it 5-zero. That puck had some serious zip on it.

eight:46 a.m. – Staff USA successfully kills the penalty to Coyne. They allowed only one shot on Sweden's power play. Shot counter now reads forty five-three.

8:43 a.m. – Crew USA killing a penalty as Kendall Coyne sits in the box for hooking.

eight:41 a.m. – Doc Emrick noting the retirement of Noora Raty, the spectacular Finland goalie. She was a part of that Minnesota girls's team last yr that went wire-to-wire undefeated and won back-to-back national titles. Still in her prime, but it may be tough for girls's hockey players to have the time to work full-time and practice. She actually is likely one of the finest on the earth and it is sad to see her profession come to an finish.

USA OBJECTIVE – Monique Lamoureux scores on the facility play for the United States after the Swedish goalie got here up with several impressive saves however could not cease Lamoureux's shot from the slot. Pictures are 42-2.

8:33 a.m. – Kendall Coyne was just thrown to the ice and hit her head arduous. USA will return on the facility play. Positive feels like the United States is about to attain once more. They haven't let up off the gasoline pedal.

8:31 a.m. -Sweden goalie Valentina Lizana-Wallner simply made the save of the women's event stretching out together with her glove hand to rob the United States of its fourth objective. Pictures are 31-1 four minutes into the second interval.

United States fully dominates the primary period and takes a 3-0 result in the locker room. Workforce appears quite a bit higher than it did in its loss to Canada. United States goalie Jessie Vetter with a big interval stopping the only Sweden shot.

Pictures finish 29-1 within the first.

eight:10 a.m. – United States picks up one other penalty Let's see if Sweden can get greater than a shot on this power play. Shots are 28-1 now.

eight:06 a.m. – Document for most shots in a period is 34 set by the United States in Nagano in the course of the first women's hockey olympic match. United States has 27 pictures with four:20 left within the first.

8:03 a.m. – THEY DID IT! Sweden bought a shot on objective.

8:01 a.m. – Sweden comes dangerously close to getting a shot on web, however it was blocked in entrance. So shut.

eight:00 a.m. – Sweden will get its first power play of the game as Michelle Picard will get whistled for hooking. Photographs currently 26-zero U.S., so Sweden has to find a method to take advantage on a uncommon opportunity on the advantage.

7:fifty seven a.m. - OBJECTIVE USA Amanda Kessel chips a loose puck up and over Wallner to make it three-0. It got here on the tail end of back-to-again energy performs. Sweden still has yet to have a shot. This one's getting out of hand.

7:fifty one a.m. – USA back to the ability play as Hilary Knight bought tripped up. Pictures now 13-0 within the game.

7:49 a.m. – PURPOSE USA Some nice pressure in the zone leads to a blast from Kacey Bellamy. It found a method by way of Wallner and gives the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

7:48 a.m. – U.S. firmly controlling the game. Lead photographs 9-0 thus far in the sport. Their velocity and skill actually giving Sweden fits.

7:46 a.m. – PURPOSE USA Alex Carpenter fires one home from the slot after an incredible pass by Kelli Stack for an influence-play purpose.

7:forty three a.m. – A superb shot from Anne Schleper from the purpose is kicked apart by Wallner. USA shifting the puck aroud very properly in the offensive zone.

7:39 a.m. – Alex Carpenter will get a fantastic chance when the puck takes a bizarre hop off the boards, but Wallner recovered nicely and stacked the pads. Hilary Knight practically slipped one in on the wraparound shortly after.

7:37 a.m. – Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker get an opportunity in near the web, but could not squeeze the puck past Valentina Wallner.

7:35 a.m. – We're underway. USA trying to take management early with their velocity.

7:30 a.m. – Puck about to drop in Sochi. The U.S. girls's workforce has Jessie Vetter in net. She has a 1-1 file, 2.04 objectives-against common and a913 save proportion. She was additionally the group's major starter on the 2010 Olympics.

7:17 a.m. – Here's Crew USA's lineup for today's semifinal:

Hilary Knight – Kelli Stack – Alex Carpenter Kendall Coyne – Brianna Decker – Amanda Kessel Meghan Duggan – Jocelyne Lamoureux – Monique Lamoureux Extras: Lyndsey Fry, Julie Chu

Anne Schleper – Megan Bozek Kacey Bellamy – Gigi Marvin Michelle Picard – Josephine Pucci Lee Stecklein

Jessie Vetter Molly Schaus

Who: United States vs. Sweden

What: First women's hockey semifinal

When: 7:30 a.m. eastern Monday on NBC Sports activities Community

Where: Shayba Area, Sochi, Russia

The United States girls discover themselves in an analogous scenario because the one they skilled in 2010. Final time around, Group USA met Sweden and trounced them 9-1 within the semifinal to achieve the gold-medal sport, however this matchup has one moment historical past the People will hope to keep away from repeating.

At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, the American ladies were in an analogous state of affairs to the one they're in now. Taking over Sweden within the semifinal, the U.S. was surprised in a shootout. It stays the largest upset within the historical past of girls's hockey at the Olympics. Team USA had to accept a shocking bronze.

Anything can happen when it is single elimination, but Sweden will be a huge underdog to the Individuals. The Swedes completed second in Group B but pulled off a shock win on Saturday knocking off rival Finland four-2 within the quarterfinals.

The United States has been led in scoring by Hilary Knight, who has tallied five factors. Amanda Kessel has four points and is a +6.

Sweden is led offensively Pemilla Winberg who also has five factors in the match.

If Sweden stands any probability, it is going to need a huge efficiency from goalie Valentina Wallner who has a 93.8 save share in the tournament. She took the reins from veteran Kim Martin, who was the goaltender who stood on her head in that 2006 shootout win over the U.S.

It should at the very least be an interesting tilt, but most anticipate a USA-Canada rematch for gold on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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