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U.S. Women secure semifinal spot with 5-0 thumping of Olympic Athletes from Russia

By @MichaelCaples –

Setting records and securing semifinal bids – that’s what Team USA does.

At least what they did today.

With a 5-0 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia today, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team has secured a spot in the semifinals as one of the top-two seeds in their group.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson played a substantial role in the victory, as she set an Olympic record for fastest two goals scored by a single player. Lamoureux-Davidson scored two goals six seconds apart in the second period to extend the Americans’ lead from 1-0 to 3-0 in dominating fashion.

“I am very happy with the outcome but more importantly on how we performed,” said U.S. Women’s Olympic Team head coach Robb Stauber. “Our second and third periods were phenomenal and we are going to carry that energy and focus forward.”

Gigi Marvin, Hannah Brandt and Kacey Bellamy also scored for the U.S., while Nicole Hensley recorded a 13-save shutout.

The Americans outshot the Russians by a remarkable 50-13 differential.

Team USA closes the preliminary round with a game against Canada on Thursday. That game will start at 12:10 p.m. local time and 10:10 p.m. ET; it will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

Megan Keller Watch: Keller logged 19:07 worth of ice time Tuesday, finishing +2 on the day. She recorded one assist, as well, during her 24 shifts.

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