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U.S. Women’s Hockey in World Finals

April 9, 2000

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) _ The United States beat Sweden 7-1 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the women’s world hockey championships, setting up a title-game showdown with Canada.

Alana Blahoski and Karyn Bye each scored two goals for the United States, which has finished second to Canada in the five previous world tournaments. The United States beat Canada in the title game in the 1998 Olympics.

``We would like to get over that hump for sure,″ U.S. captain Cammie Granato said. ``I’ve been around since the beginning of it. It was great in 1998 to actually stand on the blue line and hear our national anthem and be happy.

``It’s been something we’ve been stumbling over. We haven’t been able to grab the gold medal. That’s something we really desire.″

Brandy Fisher, Shelley Looney and Krissy Wendell also scored for the United States, and Angela Ruggiero had three assists. Kristina Bergstrand scored for Sweden.

Danielle Goyette two goals as Canada beat Finland 3-2 in the other semifinal. The winner Sunday will be seeded first in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

``Right now, I don’t look at this game because I want the No. 1 seed,″ Bye said. ``I want to win this game because I want a world championship. I want to go out there and prove to Canada that we can beat them and be No. 1.″

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