NEWS
04/03/2015 08:42 EDT | Updated 06/03/2015 01:12 EDT

Defending champion U.S. to play for gold again in women's world hockey

MALMO, Sweden - The United States advanced the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship with an easy 13-1 semifinal win over Russia on Friday.The Americans have reached the final in all 16 women's championships held to date and have won four of the last five.The U.S. will play the winner of the other semifinal between Canada and Finland. The championship game is Saturday.American captain Meghan Duggan and defender Kacey Bellamy did not play against Russia due to illness, the team said. Brianna Decker served as captain.Decker had a hat trick. Monique Lamoreux, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Hilary Knight, Dana Trivigno, Alex Carpenter, Hannah Brandt, Haley Skarupa, Emily Pfalzer, Zoe Hickel and Megal Keller also scored for the U.S.Goaltender Jessie Vetter faced just five shots over two periods before Alex Rigsby turned away three in the third.Iya Gavrilova scored the first goal of the game for Russia. Yulia Leskina gave up four goals on 17 shots in the first period. She was replaced by Valeria Tarakanova, who allowed nine goals on 33 shots.