Americans finish round-robin play unbeaten

Updated: April 6, 2005, 6:42 PM ET
Associated Press

NORRKOPING, Sweden -- Krissy Wendell led the United States with two goals and two assists in an 8-1 win over Finland on Wednesday at the women's world hockey championship, helping the Americans finish round-robin play undefeated.

Canada also ended undefeated after shutting out Sweden 10-0 at Linkoping. In the semifinals Friday, Group A winner Canada plays Group B runner-up Finland, while Group B winner United States faces Group A runner-up Sweden.

Angela Ruggiero also notched one goal and two assists in the win over Finland. Cammi Granato, Kristin King, Jenny Potter, Lyndsay Wall and Shelley Looney notched the other goals for the United States, which outscored its opponents 23-3 in three games.

Gillian Apps scored three goals to pace the Canadians, who outscored their opponents 35-0. Apps, whose grandfather is Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps, scored her third goal at 11:44 of the third period.

Canada, the Olympic champion, beat the United States in every previous championship final. The only Canadian loss in 40 games came in last year's worlds, when the Americans won a round-robin game 3-1 at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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