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Americans power into gold medal game with big win over Germany

Settle in for another women's hockey showdown between the U.S. and Canada.

Both teams advanced to the gold medal game of the IIHF Women's World Championship with semifinal wins in USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., Thursday.

They will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the game broadcast live on the NHL Network.

The U.S. scored five goals in about a five-minute span of the second period to dominate Germany, 11-0, in the semifinals.

The Americans got on the board just 1:06 into the game when Kendall Coyne's speed created a scoring chance for Hilary Knight, who scored her third goal of the tournament. Kelli Stack tallied at 8:47 for a 2-0 U.S. lead in the first period.

"I just kinda got into the slot there and let a shot go," Stack said during an intermission interview with TSN. "It wasn't pretty. I don't know if it got deflected or what but it counts the same as all the pretty ones.

"I think we're just a really confident group and we have a lot of weapons. We can score in different ways. I think we've shown that in the tournament so far."

Coyne scored a beautiful goal on the power play early in the second to extend the U.S. lead to 3-0 and the floodgates opened. Getzville native Emily Pfalzer netted her first of the tournament followed by Jocelyn Lamoureux, a second tally from Coyne and Meghan Keller.

The U.S. got goals from Amanda Pelkey, Monique Lamoureuz, Haley Skarupa and Alex Carpenter in the third.

Canada defeated Finland, 4-0, in the other semifinal with goals from Sarah Potomak, Marie-Philip Poulin, Rebecca Johnston and Emily Clark. Shannon Szabados recorded 23 saves in the shut out.

The U.S. won the preliminary round game with the Canadians, 2-0.

The U.S. and Canada have met in the Women's World Championship gold medal game in the previous 17 events. The U.S. has won gold seven times, including six of the last seven tournaments.

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