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Women’s hockey roundup: Julie Chu has hand injury

SOCHI, Russia — US forward Julie Chu left the team’s practice early Saturday after an apparent injury to her left hand.

Chu skated off the ice with her left glove off and her hand immobilized. Coach Katey Stone said she didn’t know if the injury was serious.

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The Americans are scheduled to play Sweden on Monday in the semifinals.

At 31, Chu is the oldest member of the team. She was the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award winner in college hockey and left Harvard as the NCAA’s all-time leader with 284 points in 129 games.

The fourth-line forward is a four-time Olympian who is searching for her first gold medal.

Switzerland 2, Russia 0 — Stefanie Marty scored midway through the first period and Florence Schelling stopped 41 shots to give Switzerland a spot in the semifinals.

Lara Stalder added an empty-netter with 21 seconds left for Switzerland, which will face top-seeded Canada in the semifinals on Monday.

Anna Prugova made 27 saves for Russia, which moves to the classification round and can finish no better than fifth.

Schelling, who went to Northeastern University, was flattened by Russia captain Yekaterina Smolentseva in a collision midway through the second period. The trainer came out to look at her, but she stayed in the game and resumed her shutout.

But Team Russia, which finished third at the world championships, was unable to follow up with a spot in the medal round on its home soil despite outshooting the Swiss, 41-27.

Sweden 4, Finland 2 — Emma Eliasson scored with 4:15 to play and Sweden beat the defending bronze medalists. — a reversal of the result from the third-place game four years ago

Valentina Wallner made 29 saves for Sweden, which will play the United States in the semifinals. Finland, the No. 3 seed in the world, drops to the classification bracket and can finish no better than fifth.

Noora Raty, a two-time NCAA champion at Minnesota, made 28 saves for Finland. But she could not see Eliasson’s slap shot from the blue line that was the winner.

The game was a rough one for women’s hockey, which does not allow body checking.

Finland’s Nina Tikkinen was cross-checked in front of the Sweden net, banging her head on the ice as she landed, and a skirmish at the other end led to four-minute roughing penalties for Minnamari Tuominen of Finland and Erika Grahm of Sweden.

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