Greg Hughes - Monday Feb. 17, 2014 09:57 ET

U.S. dominates Sweden in women's hockey semifinal

Americans outshoot Swedes 70-9

Brianna Decker
The Americans put on a clinic against Sweden in women's hockey on Monday. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The United States' women's hockey team has advanced to the gold medal game against the winner of the Canada-Switzerland semifinal, defeating Sweden 6-1 on Monday. 

In a contest that was almost all U.S. from the first puck drop, the Americans shelled Swedish goalie Valentina Wallner with over 40 shots until Wallner was pulled midway through the second period. Swedish veteran goalie Kim Martin Hasson then came in to replace Wallner for the remainder of the game. 

Wallner admitted it was a tough day in net. 

"We knew they would play well, but I think we played better in the third period," Wallner said. "It was tough and they have maybe the best team in the world. I was prepared for it, but it was tough."

Hasson said that it was a "pretty good move" to replace Wallner after she conceded the fifth goal of the game. Hasson also added that they'll be ready for the bronze medal game on Thursday. 

"I don't think today's result will have affected our confidence. We lost to a very good team and there will be time for us to prepare now for the bronze medal match."

The American forwards put on a clinic, absolutely pelting the Swedes with the U.S.' Brianna Decker netting a goal and two assists.

Sweden started showing some signs of life in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period, scoring their first and only goal on a deflection by Anna Borgqvist. 

The women's hockey gold medal game will take place on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET. Sweden will now play for the bronze medal on the same day at 7 a.m. ET.

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