Hilary Knight sets world record as United States advance to semifinals

US hockey star Hilary Knight set a career record at the IIHF Women’s World Championships with the Americans’ 12-1 win over Hungary on Thursday in Herning, Denmark.

The 33-year-old Knight had one goal and one assist for the win, earning her 87 career points at Worlds. That surpasses the career total of Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser, a Hockey Hall of Fame forward who is now the assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Knight earned the primary assist for Hannah Bilka’s goal in the second period and then scored for the record three minutes into the third period. Setting the career mark on one goal was only fitting for the American star, who also holds the world women’s career goals record at 51.

She was honored in a ceremony after the game.

Knight’s record-breaking run has been interrupted twice in the past two games by scoresheet errors that have been subsequently corrected. In Team USA’s preliminary round win over Canada, Knight was stripped of an assist she was credited with. She appeared to have broken the record in the second period against Hungary, but was denied an assist for a goal substitution. But the goal decided it all, making Knight the top scorer in Women’s World Cup history.

Knight, who serves as an analyst for ESPN, has four goals and three assists in five tournament games.

Team USA plays in the semifinals on Saturday.

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