Hilary Knight of the Untied States celebrates as the puck slides past Goalkeeper Florence Schelling of Switzerland for a goal during the first period of the women's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. ((AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool))
Kendall Coyne of the Untied States collides with Alina Muller of Switzerland against the boards during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. ((AP Photo/Petr David Josek))
SOCHI, Russia -- 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.
It was the quickest three-goal sequence in Olympic history, with the latter two coming just eight seconds apart.
Kessel, Lamoureux and Kendall Coyne all scored twice for the Americans, and Molly Schaus made 10 saves in her Sochi debut. At 2-0, the U.S. is in position for a spot in the medal round regardless of what happens on Wednesday in the game against Canada, the marquee matchup of the round-robin.
Hilary Knight of the Untied States takes the puck away from Phoebe Stanz of Switzerland during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. ((AP Photo/Petr David Josek))
Canada was scheduled to play Finland on Monday night in its last tuneup before the North American grudge match.