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U.S. defeats Finland in women's hockey, 6-0

February 18, 2010 |  5:30 pm

Natalie Darwitz scored a goal and added two assists to lead the U.S. to a 6-0 victory over Finland in women's hockey Thursday.

Olyblog_500 Darwitz now has 11 points for the tournament, setting an American record for most points scored in an Olympic tournament. She surpassed the mark of 10 set by Cammi Granato at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games.

The Americans spread the scoring around. Darwitz was joined by Karen Thatcher, Meghan Duggan,  Julie Chu, Hilary Knight and Molly Engstrom in finding the net. Jenny Potter, who had hat tricks in each of the first two games of the tournament, had only one shot on goal as the U.S. strafed the Finnish net with 42 shots. Jessie Vetter kept a clean sheet, turning away all 23 shots on goal by Finland.

The win closes Group B play with the United States at the top of the table with a 3-0 record.

 The Americans advance to the medal round, where they will face Sweden, the runner-up in Group A with a 2-1 record.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver

Photo: Hilary Knight of the U.S. smiles as she is joined by Molly Engstorm to celebrate a goal against Finland. Credit: Luis Acosta, AFP/Getty Images.