US beats Russia 9-2 in women's world hockey
MALMO, Sweden (AP) Jocelyne Lamoureux scored three goals and the United States beat Russia 9-2 on Tuesday in the women's world hockey championship to finish 3-0 in Group A play.
''We're right where we want to be,'' Lamoureux said. ''We're the No. 1 seed going into the playoff round - and we get an extra day off.''
In the semifinals Friday, the defending champion Americans will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Russia and Group A winner Sweden.
Hilary Knight had two goals and an assist, Meghan Duggan, Alex Carpenter and Brianna Decker each had a goal and an assist, Hannah Brandt also scored, and Anne Schleper had three assists.
Olga Sosina and Lyudmila Belyakova scored for Russia.
Canada also advanced to the semifinals, beating Finland 6-2 to finish group play at 2-1.
Natalie Spooner scored twice for the Canadians. They will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Finland and Switzerland.
In Pool B, Sweden beat Germany 4-0, and Switzerland topped Japan 3-0.
Japan and Germany will play a best-of-three relegation series.