Posted: Feb 17, 2014 7:53 AM
Updated: Feb 17, 2014 7:53 AM
SOCHI, Russia (AP) 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.
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.