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Team USA's Jocelyne Lamoureux (L) tries to spin around and score on a penalty shot against Sweden's goalie Kim Martin Hasson during the third period of their women's semi-final ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Sochi 2014; Women hockey team to play for gold medal Thursday

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Olympic medals will be headed back to Grand Forks and Warroad again.

Grand Forks native Monique Lamoureux scored a goal, her twin sister Jocelyne and Warroad native Gigi Marvin added assists as Team USA beat Sweden 6-1 on Monday in the semifinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 The Americans will play for the gold medal at 11 a.m. Thursday.The semifinal game against Sweden, an upset winner over Finland in the quarterfinals, was never in doubt. The Americans outshot the Swedes 29-1 in the opening period and opened up a 3-0 lead. Final shots were 70-9 in favor of the U.S.

Monique scored her third goal of the tournament on a setup by Jocelyne, who registered her 100th career point in a USA jersey. That tally made it 4-0 in the second period. The twins combined to register nine shots on goal.

Jocelyne also was stopped on a penalty shot, attempting a 360-spin move that she successfully used in her college career while playing at UND against rival Minnesota.

Marvin registered an assist in the first period and compiled her best game of the tournament, leading the team in ice time, playing 23:04.

“We’re playing our game, which is fast, skilled hockey,” Marvin said.

The Lamoureux twins and Marvin were both on the 2010 Olympic team that lost to Canada in the finals. They brought home silver medals, but are looking for gold this time.

As expected, they reached the finals with relative ease.

There was no Swedish Miracle this year. The Swedes, who upset the Americans in the 2006 semifinals under the guidance of UND associate coach Peter Elander, were overmatched throughout the game.

Alex Carpenter, Kacey Bellamy and Amanda Kessel all scored goals in the first period to open up a big lead. Monique and Megan Bozek added goals in the third. Brianna Decker, who had a three-point game, finished off the scoring in the third period.

Anna Borgqvist scored the lone Swedish goal with 6:56 left in the third period, ending Jesse Vetter’s shutout bid.

Vetter finished with eight saves for the U.S. Sweden starter Valentina Wallner made 42 saves in the opening 32:31. Kim Martin-Hasson played the final 27:29 and stopped 22 shots.

USA 6,

SWEDEN 1

First period – 1. USA, Alex Carpenter (Megan Bozek, Kelli Stack) 6:10 (pp); 2. USA, Kacey Bellamy (Brianna Decker, Megan Bozek) 7:16; 3. USA, Amanda Kessel (Decker, Gigi Marvin) 11:19

Second period – 4. USA, Monique Lamoureux (Jocelyne Lamoureux, Bellamy) 5:41 (pp); 5. USA, Bozek (Kendall Coyne) 12:17

Third period – 6. SWE, Anna Borgqvist (Emma Eliasson, Pernilla Winberg) 13:04; 7. USA, Decker (Coyne, Kessel) 16:58

Goalie saves – USA: Jesse Vetter 1-5-2 – 8; SWE: Valentina Wallner 26-16-x – 42, Kim Martin-Hasson x-4-18 – 22 

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