Canada and U.S. earn semifinal berths at 2013 Worlds


April 6, 2013

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Both Team Canada and Team USA earned a bye after finishing as the top two teams in Group A on Friday at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship.

 Canada 8 - Finland 0  |  Friday, April 5
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After crushing Switzerland, 15-0, on Wednesday, Team Canada continued its offensive outpour on Friday with an 8-0 win over Finland, finishing the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0-0 record.

Canada's win came in front of a crowd o f 18,013 fans in Scotia Bank Place to set a new single-game record for attendance at a women's hockey game.

Former Badger Meaghan Mikkelson helped Canada's defense post its second-straight shutout of the tournament. MIkkelson finished with four shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating.

Canada will play the winner of Switzerland-Russia in the semifinals on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The winner of that game will advance to play in the gold medal game on Tuesday, April 9.


 USA 5 - Switzerland 0  |  Friday, April 5
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The U.S. squad capped off the preliminary round with a 5-0 win over Switzerland on Friday. Brianna Decker was named the Player of the Game for Team USA, after scoring two goals and assisting on one.


Jessie Vetter earned her second start of the tournament making six saves for the shutout win. On the other end of the ice, former Northeastern goalie Florence Schelling made 56 saves for the Swiss.

Hilary Knight recorded one assist, helping on Alex Carpenter's game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first period. Knight finished the contest with six shots on net, while fellow former Badger Meghan Duggan finished with five shots on goal.

Current Badger goaltender Alex Rigsby dressed for backup duties for a second game in a row.

The U.S. will play the winner of Finland-Germany in the semifinals on Monday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The winner of that game will advance to play in the gold medal game on Tuesday, April 9.

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Jessie Vetter #31 gets set to take the ice for preliminary round action against Switzerland

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Hilary Knight #21 leans in for the face off against the Swiss

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Alex Rigsby #33 celebrates at the bench with teammates during preliminary round action against Switzerland

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Switzerland's Julia Marty #6 skates with the puck while USA's Hilary Knight #21 chases her down

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Brianna Decker #14 celebrates at the bench with teammates after a second period goal

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Brianna Decker #14, Amanda Kessel #28 and Kendall Coyne #26 celebrate after a third period goal

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Jessie Vetter #31 looks to make a glove save during preliminary round action against Switzerland

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Switzerland's Florence Schelling #41 and USA's Brianna Decker #14 were named Players of the Game

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