U.S. advances to Women's World Championship final

Badgers past and present help U.S. National Team qualify for Tuesday's gold medal game

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Wisconsin junior defenseman Molly Engstrom tallied an assist Monday as the U.S. National Team qualified for the Women's World Championship gold medal game with a 9-2 win over Sweden in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The U.S. will face Canada, who fell 3-1 to the Americans in a qualifying round match Saturday, for the gold Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT.


In addition to Engstrom, who has three assists in five tournament games, former Badger defenseman Kerry Weiland and goalie Chanda Gunn, who transferred to Northeastern after one season at Wisconsin, are members of the 2004 National Team.


Gunn made 13 saves against Sweden Monday and is 3-0 with a 0.86 goals against average. Engstrom and Weiland are tied for third on the team with a +8 plus/minus rating.


Fresh off winning a national championship, Minnesota's Natalie Darwitz leads the U.S. with seven goals and nine points, while her Gopher linemate and fellow sophomore Krissy Wendell is second with four and seven, respectively.

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