May 17, 2006

Sweden pounds US 6-0 at hockey worlds

RIGA (Reuters) - Mika Hannula scored a hat-trick in
Sweden's 6-0 quarter-final win over the United States at the
hockey world championship on Wednesday.

The Olympic champions were the first team into the
semi-finals, keeping their bid for an unprecedented
Olympic/world double on track.

Hannula scored twice in the opening period for a 2-0 lead,
supported by Johan Holmqvist's shutout netminding.

Detroit Red Wings' Mikael Samuelsson, one of the eight
players who also played at the Olympics in Turin, opened the
scoring in the second while Kenny Jonsson added a powerplay
marker to push the Tre Kronor in front 4-0.

Hannula collected his hat-trick midway through the third
when he broke in alone and snapped up a low shot past Jason
Bacashihua, who had replaced Craig Anderson in the U.S. net.

Andreas Karlsson completed the rout, scoring his fifth of
the championship.

Sweden play the winner of the game between Canada and
Slovakia later on Wednesday.