USA women's hockey team defeats Finland 5–0

Four years after a devastating overtime loss in the final game in Sochi, and 20 years after their only Olympic championship in women’s hockey, Team USA is back at the doorstep of a gold medal.

The Americans roared past Finland in the semifinal here on Monday, scoring two goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third. They allowed only 14 shots in front of 20-year-old goalie Maddie Rooney. Team USA has now earned a medal in each of the six Olympic Games in which it has competed, with one gold in 1998, three silvers and one bronze in 2006.

Eric Adelson

<p>Meghan Duggan #10 of the United States checks Noora Tulus #24 of Finland into the boards during the Ice Hockey Women Play-offs Semifinals on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Meghan Duggan #10 of the United States checks Noora Tulus #24 of Finland into the boards during the Ice Hockey Women Play-offs Semifinals on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

<p>The United States players celebrate after the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. the United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

The United States players celebrate after the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. the United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

<p>Players from the United States pose for the camera before the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Players from the United States pose for the camera before the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>Kelly Pannek (12), of the United States, tries to hit the puck during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Kelly Pannek (12), of the United States, tries to hit the puck during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>Hilary Knight (21) checks Jenni Hiirikoski (6) during the women’s ice hockey semifinal game between the United States and Finland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. February 19, 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Hilary Knight (21) checks Jenni Hiirikoski (6) during the women’s ice hockey semifinal game between the United States and Finland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. February 19, 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

<p>Gigi Marvin (19), of the United States, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against Finland during the first period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Gigi Marvin (19), of the United States, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against Finland during the first period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

<p>Annina Rajahuhta of Finland (R) reacts after colliding with u2 REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Annina Rajahuhta of Finland (R) reacts after colliding with u2 REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

<p>The puck shot by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, of the United States, sails past goalie Noora Raty (41), of Finland, during the second period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

The puck shot by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, of the United States, sails past goalie Noora Raty (41), of Finland, during the second period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Matt Slocum/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>Hilary Knight #21 of the United States play sthe puck against Finland during the Ice Hockey Women Play-offs Semifinals on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Hilary Knight #21 of the United States play sthe puck against Finland during the Ice Hockey Women Play-offs Semifinals on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>Hannah Brandt of U.S. and Mira Jalosuo of Finland (R) in action. REUTERS/Brian Snyder </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Hannah Brandt of U.S. and Mira Jalosuo of Finland (R) in action. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

<p>Jocelyne Lamoureux of U.S. (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring her goal. REUTERS/Brian Snyder </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Jocelyne Lamoureux of U.S. (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring her goal. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

<p>Annina Rajahuhta, left, of Finland, falls after colliding with Lee Stecklein (2), of the United States, during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Annina Rajahuhta, left, of Finland, falls after colliding with Lee Stecklein (2), of the United States, during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

<p>Players from the United States celebrate after Dani Cameranesi (24), of the United States, scores a goal against Finland during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

Players from the United States celebrate after Dani Cameranesi (24), of the United States, scores a goal against Finland during the third period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

<p>The puck shot by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, of the United States, sails past goalie Noora Raty (41), of Finland, for a goal during the second period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) </p>
Team USA beats Finland 5-0

The puck shot by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, of the United States, sails past goalie Noora Raty (41), of Finland, for a goal during the second period of the semifinal round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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