- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MALMO, Sweden (AP) - Jocelyne Lamoureux scored three goals and the United States beat Russia 9-2 on Tuesday in the women’s world hockey championship to finish 3-0 in Group A play.

“We’re right where we want to be,” Lamoureux said. “We’re the No. 1 seed going into the playoff round - and we get an extra day off.”

In the semifinals Friday, the defending champion Americans will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Russia and Group A winner Sweden.

Hilary Knight had two goals and an assist, Meghan Duggan, Alex Carpenter and Brianna Decker each had a goal and an assist, Hannah Brandt also scored, and Anne Schleper had three assists.

Olga Sosina and Lyudmila Belyakova scored for Russia.

Canada also advanced to the semifinals, beating Finland 6-2 to finish group play at 2-1.

Natalie Spooner scored twice for the Canadians. They will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Finland and Switzerland.

In Pool B, Sweden beat Germany 4-0, and Switzerland topped Japan 3-0.

Japan and Germany will play a best-of-three relegation series.

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