SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: Brianna Decker #14 of the United States reacts after her goal in the third period against Sweden during the Women's Ice Hockey Playoffs Semifinal game on day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SOCHI, Russia - On Monday, the U.S. women's hockey team stormed out of the gates, scoring early and often in a 6-1 win over Sweden.
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With its win, the U.S. women advance to the gold-medal game, which they'll play on Thursday against the winner of Monday's other contest between Canada and Switzerland.
The U.S. women's win also guarantees that they'll win either a gold or a silver medal, assuring that they'll win a medal of some color for the fifth straight time since women's hockey debuted in the Olympics in 1998.
In a game where the big story was the U.S. women's 70-9 advantage in shots, its goal scorers were Alex Carpenter, Kacey Bellamy, Amanda Kessel, Monique Lamoureux, Megan Bozek and Brianne Decker.
Jessie Vetter was the winning goalie.
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