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Semi-finals set in Olympic women's hockey

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According to the Sochi 2014 website on Saturday, we now know who will play Canada and the United States in the semi-finals of the women's Olympic hockey tournament.

On Saturday, Sweden defeated Finland 4-2 in a major surprise, while Switzerland shutout Russia 2-0. Sweden will now play the United States in one semi-final on Monday, with Canada playing Switzerland in the other semi-final.

In the quarterfinals Sweden got a late power play goal from Emma Eliasson, who broke a 2-2 deadlock with Emma Terho of Finland in the penalty box. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell, who is working for CBC, called the penalty "brutal" because she believed there was diving on the play.

Switzerland meanwhile got an unbelievable performance from Florence Schelling, who made 41 saves for the shutout.

Many people would think that the United States would be the heavy favourite against Sweden, however the Swedes have history on their side. Sweden shocked the hockey world with a 3-2 shootout win over the United States in the semi-finals of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.

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