US beats Sweden to reach Four Nations Cup final
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) Hilary Knight, Emily Pfalzer and Brianna Decker scored and the U.S. women's hockey team beat Sweden 3-0 on Friday to advance to the Four Nations Cup final against Canada.
Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle made 11 saves, and Shiann Darkangelo had two assists for the Americans, coming off a 3-2 loss to Canada on Wednesday night in their first meeting since Canada's 3-2 overtime victory in the Olympic gold-medal game in February in Sochi.
Canada beat Finland 3-1 on Friday night to complete round-robin play 3-0.
The championship game is Saturday night.
Sara Grahn made 47 saves for Sweden.
''Their goalie played a really great game,'' Knight said. ''She made a lot of really great saves, but it wasn't frustrating for us at all. We're a relentless team.''
Knight opened the scoring in the first period. The U.S. outshot Sweden 22-2 in the period.
''We just had to continue our energy and keep our momentum,'' Knight said. ''There's unfortunate bounces that can happen here and there throughout a game. Luckily, we just stayed on our toes and kept at it.''
Pfalzer and Decker added second-period goals. Pfalzer scored on a 5-on-3 power play, and Decker had a short-handed goal.
''We had a lot of energy,'' U.S. coach Ken Klee said. ''Great chances, moving the puck, moving our feet - those are the things we have to pride ourselves in. It was a fun game.''
The United States finished round-robin play 2-1, also beating Finland on Tuesday night.
Jennifer Wakefield, Haley Irwin and Rebecca Johnston scored for Canada. Emerance Maschmeyer made 11 saves, allowing only Riika Valilila's power-play goal in the third period. Finland's Meeri Raisanen stopped 46 shots.
Sweden (0-3) will play Finland (1-2) in the third-place game.