Alex Carpenter and Abbey Murphy scored in the second period, and the United States beat Finland 3-0 on Monday to advance to the women's hockey world championship final.
The five-time championThe reigning United States will play its 20th gold medal game on Tuesday against the winner of the other semi-final between Canada and Switzerland.
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Carpenter gave the lead to the United States early in the second with his third goal of the tournament. Carpenter put a stick on Lee Stecklein's shot to redirect it to goaltender Anni Keisala.
Murphy scored on a breakaway late in the second. Murphy took advantage of a turnaround at the blue line and went from backhand to forehand for a shot that sank by Keisala.
"Megan Keller had a good time on the wall, and I was ready for it, I wanted it, so it felt good "said Murphy after his second world championship goal.
Kendall Coyne Schofield added an empty net with 2 : 53 left to seal the 2019 final rematch which the United States won 2-1 in a controversial finish.
Finland, who was outscored 33-14, had a good attacking opportunity in the middle of the first period with a two-man advantage for two minutes, but the United States did not allow a shot.
Finland emptied their net on the power play with 7:22 remaining, but U. S. goalie Nicole Hensley didn 't score.
The Finns will look for their 13th medal bronze Tuesday. The American will look to match Canada with 10 gold medals.