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By Bruce M. Gans
Topic - Amanda Kessel
U.S. forward Amanda Kessel appeared to score for her first Olympic hat trick, only to watch the referee skate over to the boards for a video review.
Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel all scored within 55 seconds in the first period as the United States romped to a 9-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday to all-but clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals.
In the 55 seconds it took Americans Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel to score three goals against Switzerland, you can:
Amanda Kessel doesn't need a camera for a selfie.
The United States and Canada clinched spots in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals Monday, remaining unbeaten through their first two games of pool play.
Members of the United States women's hockey team will have a tough time arguing there are more gold-medal contenders than two when their Olympic tournament starts Saturday in Sochi.
"Right away when that goal went in, I just collapsed. You're never, ever ready for that moment," said U.S. forward Amanda Kessel, who won the NCAA championship at Minnesota last season after a season in which the Gophers went 41-0-0. "It was by far the most devastating loss for me, and I think most of my teammates. You felt like you had the gold in your hands there."
"I guess it's an assist by the boards," she said after the 9-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday that all-but clinched a spot in the semifinals for the Americans, the defending world champions and the 2010 silver medalists.