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Kendall Coyne and Amanda Kessel had two goals and two assists each as the United States women's hockey team rolled to a 9-0 victory against Switzerland in its second preliminary-round game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Monique Lamoureux scored two goals, both on assists from twin sister Jocelyne, and Hilary Knight, Alex Carpenter and Brianna Decker also scored for the United States. Molly Schaus stopped all 10 shots for the shutout.

"I'm very happy with our game [Monday] starting from the goaltender on out," U.S. coach Katey Stone said. "We moved the puck well, controlled the pace and had a great overall effort."

Switzerland goalie Florence Schelling stopped 44 of 53 shots.

The opening period got off to a slow start as the game remained scoreless past the nine-minute mark. But the United States erupted from that point, closing a historic first-period scoring surge.

Lamoureux, Decker and Kessel opened the scoring with three goals in 55 seconds to set an Olympic record for fastest three goals, according to USA Hockey. But the Americans didn't stop there.

Knight scored with 5:37 remaining in the first and Kessel scored her second of the game 79 seconds later while Sarah Forster served a penalty to expand the U.S. lead to 5-0. That 6:22 span is the fastest any U.S. team ever has scored five goals.

Monique Lamoureux's second of the game was the only goal of the second. The Americans completed the rout with a pair from Coyne in the third and then Carpenter scored her second of the tournament with 4:21 remaining.

The Americans' historic first period appeared to deflate the Swiss team as the United States outshot their opponent 36-4 in the final two periods.

The U.S. women will play their final game of the preliminary round Wednesday against Canada in what is expected to be a preview of the gold-medal game.

Canada 3, Finland 0 -- Meghan Agosta-Marciano broke a scoreless tie 9:27 into the third period and Canada overcame a sparkling 39-save performance by Noora Raty to defeat Finland 3-0 in their second preliminary-round game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Jayna Hefford and Rebecca Johnston also scored for Canada, who got 14 saves from Shannon Szabados for the shutout, Canada's second in two games.

Canada had a jump on the Finns from the beginning, outshooting them 10-4 in the first and 17-6 in the second, but the defending Olympic champions could not beat Raty, who was a standout goaltender at the University of Minnesota. In a dominant second period, the Canadians were unable to score when Venla Hovi was called for slashing at 3:19, but the power play opened the scoring for Canada after Emma Terho was whistled for a body check 9:27 into the third.

It was the two-time Olympic gold-medalist Agosta-Marciano who got Canada on the board. Less than three minutes later, Hefford gave Canada a 2-0 lead, putting the game out of reach for a Finnish team that has been outshot 85-29 in losses to Canada and the United States.

Johnston scored her second of the tournament with 2:24 remaining to close out the victory. Canada improved their record to 2-0-0 in preliminary play and will face the undefeated Americans on Wednesday. The winner of that game will clinch the top seed in Group A. Each team has already clinched a spot in the tournament semifinal.

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