Ice Hockey - US women romp past Swiss to reach Sochi semis

The United States punched their ticket to the semi-finals of the women's ice hockey competition with a routine 9-0 triumph over Switzerland at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

Ice Hockey - US women romp past Swiss to reach Sochi semis

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Team USA's Hilary Knight redirects a high puck as Switzerland's Julia Marty (L) and goalie Florence Schelling defend during the third period of their women's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 (Reuters)

Much as they did in their opening game against Finland, the second-ranked U.S. team dominated throughout and started to run away with it when two goals in an eight-second span of the first period made it 3-0.

By securing one of the top two spots in Group A, the U.S. women earned a bye to the semi-finals while winless Switzerland, who face Germany in their final preliminary round game, will play a quarter-final game against one of the top two teams from Group B.

The U.S. team will now shift their attention to Wednesday's matchup with arch-rival Canada, which is widely expected to be a preview of the gold medal game between the sport's two superpowers.

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