In Canada, the defending champion United States scored five first-period goals en route to a 10-2 quarterfinal thrashing of Japan on Aug. 28 in Calgary, IIHF.com noted.
U.S. scoring leader Hilary Knight led the way with two goals and an assist to pass fellow icon Cammi Granato as the all-time American leader with 80 career Women's Worlds points.
Alex Carpenter and Grace Zumwinkle stepped up with a pair of goals apiece. Rookie blueliner Caroline Harvey shone with a goal and two assists, while Megan Keller, Brianna Decker, and Dani Cameranesi each had a goal and an assist. Amanda Kessel and Cayla Barnes chipped in two assists apiece.
The United States bounced back strongly after a 5-1 loss to Canada to close the group stage.
In other quarterfinal matches, Finland beat the Czech Republic 1-0; Canada defeated Germany 7-0; and Switzerland shocked the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) 3-2 in overtime. The United States will take on Finland in the semifinals.