KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — Hilary Knight had two goals and two assists, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson had two goals and an assist and Kelli Stack scored twice as the United States routed Russia 9-0 in the semifinals of the women’s hockey world championships on Sunday, AP reports. .
Canada beat Finland 5-3 in the other semifinal to set up a gold medal rematch with its longtime rival across the border on Monday. The Americans have won six out of the past eight women’s world championships. Canada has won 10 world titles in total, most recently in 2012.
The Canadians also defeated the U.S. 3-2 in overtime to win the Olympic gold medal in 2014. Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker added goals for the U.S. and Monique Lamoureux had three assists. Goalkeeper Alex Rigsby earned her first shutout and second win of the tournament. The Americans outshot Russia 40-17.
“I think this is maybe the best game of the tournament we’ve played,” U.S. coach Ken Klee said on IIHF’s website. Natalie Spooner led Canada with a hat trick and Charline Labonte stopped 16 shots for her second win of the tournament.