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U.S. advances to the semifinals of the IIHF Women's World Championship

The Americans swept their three games in the preliminary round of the IIHF Women's World Championship.

But it wasn't easy.

The U.S. fell behind for the first time in the tournament, gave up a two-goal lead, and came on strong in the third for a 5-3 win over Finland in USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., Monday night.

Hannah Brandt scored the game-winner with 7:35 left in regulation with Jocelyne Lamoureux adding an empty-netter to secure the win.

Team USA had to come from behind for the first time, as Susanna Tapani scored at 4:46 to end the shutout streak by American goalies. She beat Alex Rigsby, seeing her first action of the tournament for the U.S.

Hilary Knight tied the game, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play at 12:21 of the first. It was the first goal of the tournament for Knight. Kendall Coyne gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal early in the second period. Knight scored again, on the power play, as the Americans grew their lead to 3-1.

But Finland, which had knocked off Canada on Saturday, wasn't going to fold. They scored with 23 seconds left to draw within one, then tied the game with 11:27 left in the third.

After Brandt's goal, a redirect of a pass from Gigi Marvin,gave the U.S. back the lead, Finland pressed and earned a five-on-three power play. The U.S. killed off both penalties and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored the empty-netter.

The U.S. finished the preliminary round in first in Group A and gets a bye into Thursday's semifinals.

The win by the U.S. also helped Canada get a semifinal bye.


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