Women's hockey

Another game, another rout for high-powered U.S. team

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jenny Potter scored three goals for her second consecutive hat trick, captain Natalie Darwitz tallied five points and the United States routed Russia, 13-0, Tuesday in another preliminary-round laugher in women's hockey.

Twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux also were among 10 goal-scorers for the Americans, who followed up their 12-1 opening win over China with the furthest thing from a Miracle on Ice. The young Russian team gave little help to its two backup goalies facing the mighty U.S. lineup.

Jessie Vetter made seven saves for the Americans, who formally earned their expected spot in the next week's playoffs despite completely shutting down their offense in the third period, taking just two shots.

Canada and Sweden qualified for the semifinals earlier in the day, with Canada beating Switzerland, 10-1, and Sweden topping Slovakia, 6-2. None of the six games over the first three days has been decided by fewer than three goals.

Canada and the United States are the runaway favorites to play in the gold medal game, and Sweden and Finland are expected to face off for the bronze.

-- From news services

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