The United States' women's ice hockey team has booked a spot in the Olympic final, getting goals from six different skaters in a 6-1 victory over Sweden here Monday.

Alex Carpenter opened the scoring at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, and the Americans got two other goals in the first period from Kacey Bellamy and Amanda Kessel to grab a 3-0 lead.

The United States then stretched that advantage to 5-0 by the end of the second quarter thanks to scores by Monique Lamoureaux and Megan Bozek

Anna Borgqvist salvaged some pride for Sweden with a score in the third period before Brianna Decker - who had assisted on two goals earlier in the game - slapped one last puck into the back of the net with just over three minutes remaining.

The score could have been much more lopsided, as the Americans outshot the Swedes by an unheard-of disparity of 70-9.

Next up for the U.S. squad in Thursday's final will be either Switzerland or heavily favored Canada, who square off in the second semifinal Monday night.

Canada has won the last three Olympic titles, while the United States captured the only other Olympic women's hockey gold medal by defeating its northern neighbor in the 2002 final in Nagano, Japan.

EFE