Canadian women to face Switzerland in semifinals

Switzerland's Lara Stalder (7), Sandra Thalmann (92), Laura Benz and goalie Florence Schelling...

Switzerland's Lara Stalder (7), Sandra Thalmann (92), Laura Benz and goalie Florence Schelling (L-R) celebrate after defeating Russia in their women's ice hockey quarter-final play-off game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 15, 2014. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - Canada has a meeting with Switzerland on Monday in the semifinals of the women's Olympic hockey tournament.

Switzerland defeated host Russia 2-0 Saturday at Shayba Arena in one of the quarterfinals with outstanding goaltender Florence Schelling recording the shutout.

Canada pumped 69 shots on Schelling in their 5-0 win in the preliminary round.

In the other quarterfinal, Sweden, ranked sixth in the world, upset third-ranked Finland to advance to Monday's semi against the USA.

It marks a rematch of the semifinal at the Turin Games in 2006 when the Swedes upset the Americans to advance to the gold-medal game against Canada.

Swedish defenceman Emma Eliasson, who works in an iron ore mine, said of the Americans: "They are fast, they are strong and they have good puck speed. But nothing is impossible. If we work hard we can cause an upset like we did in Turin. It can happen again."

It was a great day for the Swedes, but especially for Eliasson.

"My job is a hard job. Often when I'm down the mine I dream about days like this. It makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Finnish star goaltender Noora Raty retired from international hockey after the loss.

"We made stupid mistakes ourselves that cost us dearly," she said. "The Swedes played probably the best game I've ever seen them play today, but they were not the obvious winners throughout the game.

"My playing ends here. I already decided before the tournament that this is my last international tournament. If I get to play in the men's league I will continue, but I won't continue with women's hockey."

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