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Russia downs Sweden 4-1 in women's world hockey championship quarter-final

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Russia will face defending champion United States in the semifinal of the women's world hockey championship Sunday.

The Russians beat Sweden 4-1 in Friday's quarter-final in Kamloops, B.C., to advance to the tournament's final four.

The U.S. topped Pool A at 3-0 to earn a bye to the semifinals. Canada was second at 2-1 and also secured a semfinal berth.

The host country awaited the winner of the later quarter-final between Finland and the Czech Republic to know their Sunday foe.

Olga Sosina led the Russians with two goals, including an empty-netter, and a pair of assists.

Tatyana Burina and Valeria Pavlova also scored with goaltender Nadezhda Morozova stopping 26 shots for the win.

Johanna Olofsson replied for the Swedes, who got 22 saves from goalie Sara Grahn.

Russia went 0-3 in Pool A while the Swedes topped Pool B with three wins.

In the current tournament format that's been in place since 2012, the top four countries in the world are seeded in Pool A and fifth through eighth in Pool B.

The top two teams in 'A' earn byes to the semifinals. The bottom two meet the top two seeds from Pool B in the quarter-finals.

The Canadian Press

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