HERNING, Denmark — The United States earned their ticket to the World Women’s Hockey Championship final with a convincing 10-1 win over Czech Republic on Saturday.
Amanda Kessel scored a hat trick and added an assist for the United States, which will face the winners of the duel between Canada and Switzerland in Sunday’s final. This match will be presented a little later on Saturday.
Hilary Knight contributed to this triumph with a double, which allowed her to improve on the records she already held for points and goals scored in world championship matches. She now has 89 points and 53 goals.
Taylor Heise was the most prolific on the American team on Saturday, with a performance of two goals and three assists. She has 18 points, including seven goals, giving her first place in the tournament.
Hayley Scamurra, Jesse Compher and Caroline Harvey also scored for the United States, which scored six goals in the first period. Goaltender Nicole Hensley only faced 10 shots in front of the net for the United States.
Klara Hymlarova scored the Czech Republic’s only goal and Klara Peslarova blocked 29 pucks.
It was the first time that Czechia participated in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Championship. On Sunday, she will try to win the bronze medal.
The United States has reached the grand final at every edition of the World Championship since the very first tournament, in 1990 in Ottawa. The Americans won nine gold medals.
In last year’s final in Calgary, Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime, ending the Americans’ five-title streak