US set for hockey showdown with Canada after routing Swiss

Aug 29, 2022, 1:44 AM | Updated: 1:45 pm

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The United States warmed up for its group showdown with Canada by blitzing Switzerland 9-0 at the world women’s ice hockey championship on Monday.

The U.S. matched Canada with 3-0 records. Their Group A closer on Tuesday, also in Herning, is expected to be a preview of the final on Sunday.

Czechia also improved to 3-0 after dominating winless Germany 6-0 in Group B.

Seven different Americans scored, including two each for Hilary Knight and Taylor Heise, who bagged her first goals for the U.S.

Heise’s pair led the U.S. to 4-0 after the first period.

Knight’s pair increased her career tally of world championship points to 83, tied for second in tournament history. Hayley Wickenhesier has the record of 86.

The Swiss pulled goalkeeper Andrea Braendli after the first period, perhaps to save her for the more crucial game against Finland on Tuesday for third-fourth in their group.

Finland got its first win at Japan’s expense, 9-3. Viivi Vainikka had two goals and an assist. The win followed losses to Canada and the U.S.

Japan finished group play with no wins.

Czechia remained unbeaten and Germany remained winless at 0-3.

All six Czech goals were scored by different players in Frederikshavn. Defender Dominika Laskova has six assists in these worlds so far.

Sweden confirmed a top-two place behind the Czechs after beating Hungary 3-2 in its second consecutive shootout win.

Hungary rallied twice from a goal down to force overtime.

Hungary and the Swedes went to a shootout and missed the first 15 combined attempts — the post was hit by Sweden’s Hanna Olsson and Nylen Persson and Hungary’s Alexandra Huszak — until Olsson scored her second straight match-winning shootout goal.

Sweden and Czechia meet for the group win on Tuesday.


More AP sports: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


FILE - The tarp covers the infield as rain falls before a scheduled baseball game between the New Y...
Associated Press

Rainy season: Guardians postpone celebration due to forecast

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Guardians might as well keep umbrellas in their bat rack. Cleveland was forced to postpone a celebration and flag-raising ceremony Tuesday to honor its AL Central title before the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay due to a rainy weather forecast. The pregame pageantry has been pushed back until […]
16 hours ago
United States' Weston McKennie controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match bet...
Associated Press

US World Cup worries grow, 0-0 draw vs Saudis in last tuneup

The United States will limp into the World Cup, and not just because of all the Americans’ injuries. The U.S. played a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night at Murcia, Spain, that was somewhere between unimpressive and alarming. After managing no shots on goal in Friday’s 2-0 loss to No. 24 Japan, the […]
16 hours ago
Attorney Alexandra Benevento, center, speaks with reporters during a news conference announcing a c...
Associated Press

Sex abuse allegations spread against cheerleading industry

Sprawling allegations of abuse against cheerleaders reached Tennessee on Monday in a case that escalates the accusations facing some of the sport’s top institutions. An adult coach sexually assaulted teenage boys at Premier Athletics, according to allegations in a federal lawsuit filed in Memphis that is similar to a previous complaint against Rockstar Cheer in […]
2 days ago
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge looks out before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, S...
Associated Press

MLB playoff primer: Things to know as postseason nears

Major League Baseball’s postseason has a little more heft this season. The playoffs are rapidly approaching, with the final regular season games set for Oct. 5. The postseason begins two days later with a field of 12 teams — up from last year’s 10 — and includes a best-of-three format for the opening wild-card round. […]
2 days ago
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (3) strips the ball from New York Giants wide receiver Ster...
Associated Press

Veteran Giants receiver Sterling Shepard has torn ACL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the New York Giants’ final offensive play in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday. Daboll had indicated after Monday night’s game that the injury to New York’s leading receiver was […]
2 days ago
Stephen F. Austin safety JaTerious Evans brings down the Warner quarterback for a sack during an NC...
Associated Press

‘Whoa, 98-0’: Coach of team on end of huge loss OK with it

Two days after his Warner University football team lost 98-0 to Stephen F. Austin in one of the most lopsided games of all time, Dialleo Burks channeled his inner P.T. Barnum. Like the 19th-century circus impresario once said, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. It was in that vein that Burks recalled a conversation […]
2 days ago
US set for hockey showdown with Canada after routing Swiss