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Americans finish round-robin play unbeaten

4/6/2005

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.