USA rout Czechs to reach women’s hockey worlds final

Amanda Kessel scored a hat trick and the United States maintained their streak of reaching the final of every women’s ice hockey world championship after beating the Czech Republic 10-1 in the semifinals on Saturday in Denmark.

Taylor Heise had two goals and three assists, while Hilary Knight scored twice to take her own tournament record to 89 points and 53 goals.

The Americans will face Canada or Switzerland, who will play later.

Since the first Women’s Worlds in 1990, the United States and Canada have met in every final except 2019, when the Americans beat Finland for the title.

Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime in last year’s final in Calgary, ending a five-game American title streak.

Against the Czechs, the US, led 6-0 after the first period and added two more goals in each of the second and third periods. Klara Hymlarova made it 7-1 midway through the second.

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