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U.S. women throttle Switzerland, 9-0, in hockey

Meghan Duggan, Monique Lamoureux and Josephine Pucci of the Untied States (L-R) celebrate Lamoureux´s goal against Switzerland during the 2014 Winter Olympics women´s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. USA defeated Switzerland 9-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Meghan Duggan, Monique Lamoureux and Josephine Pucci of the Untied States (L-R) celebrate Lamoureux's goal against Switzerland during the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. USA defeated Switzerland 9-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Meghan Duggan, Monique Lamoureux and Josephine Pucci of the Untied States (L-R) celebrate Lamoureux´s goal against Switzerland during the 2014 Winter Olympics women´s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. USA defeated Switzerland 9-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Gallery: U.S. women throttle Switzerland, 9-0, in hockey

SOCHI - U.S. forward Amanda Kessel appeared to score her first Olympic hat trick, only to watch the referee skate over to the boards for a video review.

Oh, the puck was in the net all right.

But the ref had missed a goal by Kendall Coyne a few minutes earlier, so that one counted and Kessel's had to come off the board.

"It was pretty weird, but I saw Kendall's goal go in," Kessel said after settling for two scores in the Americans' 9-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday. "It was her first one of the tournament, so I was happy for my linemate."

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  • The Americans had more goals than they needed, anyway, getting scores from Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, and Kessel within 55 seconds of each other in the first period to all but clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals. It was the quickest three-goal sequence in Olympic history, with the last two coming just eight seconds apart.

    Kessel also had an assist on Coyne's goal and another in the first period. Asked by a reporter to describe her goals, Kessel said: "I can't really remember them all."

    Lamoureux and Coyne also scored twice for the Americans, and Molly Schaus made 10 saves in her Sochi debut. With a 2-0 record, the U.S. is in position for a spot in the medal round regardless of what happens on Wednesday in the game against Canada, the marquee matchup of the round-robin.

    Canada topped Finland, 3-0, Monday to ensure its spot in the semifinals.

    Switzerland lost for the second time and likely is headed for a spot in the quarterfinals against one of the top two teams in the bottom tier.

    Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter also scored for the United States, which led, 5-0, after one period and outshot the Swiss, 53-10. Florence Schelling, who played at Northeastern, made 44 saves for Switzerland against Schaus, of Boston College, on the morning of the Beanpot finals where their schools will play for the men's hockey bragging rights of Boston.

    "They got five goals early on, but after that we stuck with it," Swiss forward Jessica Lutz said. "They didn't have goals for a while. That's success for us."

    The biggest mismatch so far in the women's hockey round-robin was scoreless for half a period before Lamoureux gave the Americans the lead and Decker added a goal 47 seconds later. Kessel got the puck off the ensuing faceoff, skated into the zone on the left side, passed the puck to herself off the boards to get around a defender, and then cut in front of the net, where she beat Schelling.

    "I've been watching them do that all year," said Schaus, who was the backup for the first game and didn't see much action in this one, either.

     

    Jimmy Golen Associated Press
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