US scores 6 in first, advances to gold medal game

USA's Zach Parise (9) scores a goal against Finland's goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. / AP photo

IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) " The United States advanced to the gold-medal hockey game after scoring four times in a six-goal first period during a 6-1 rout of Finland on Friday.

The Americans scored four times on goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in the first period before Finland switched goalies.

The United States will meet the Canada-Slovakia winner on Sunday, 50 years to the day after capturing gold in the 1960 Winter Olympics. It's the second time in three Olympics the American men will play for gold. They haven't claimed the top spot on the podium since 1980 in Lake Placid, New York.

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