Five players score goals to power U.S. into Four Nations Cup title game

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Sydney Brodt, Melissa Samoskevich and Hannah Brandt scored in the first period as the U.S. women's hockey team beat Sweden 5-1 on Friday to cruise into the Four Nations Cup title game.

The United States will face Canada in the championship game Saturday night. The U.S. finished the preliminary round 3-0, opening with a 5-1 victory over Finland on Tuesday and beating Canada 2-1 on Wednesday night on Brodt's late goal.

"Systematically, this was definitely our best game so far,'' U.S. coach Bob Corkum said. "Tomorrow, the key will be to stick with our game plan and hopefully we'll have a good result.''

Brianna Decker and Dani Cameranesi also scored for the Americans, and Emma Polusny made 19 saves.

The U.S. is seeking its fourth straight title in the event.

Sabina Kuller scored for Sweden.

Canada beat Finland 3-0 in the night game. Rebecca Johnston, Melodie Daoust and Laura Stacey scored, and Emerance Maschmeyer stopped 14 shots.