US, Canada back in women's hockey final

US, Canada back in women's hockey final

US, Canada back in women's hockey final

The U.S. must await the outcome of Monday's late game between four-times gold medalists Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation to see who they play in Thursday's final.

"We have the rivalry, it's well-documented and we're just looking forward to the opportunity to bring home another gold".

"Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation battle hard, they're really good with their sticks, they play the body a lot", Jenner said.

The U.S. had a scary moment in the second period when Donato and goalie Ryan Zapolski took nearly simultaneous blows to the head, but both were able to stay in the game.

McLaughlin went on to play in both the 2010 and 2014 games, and both times the United States women earned silver. "This is the game we've been dreaming of and to have another opportunity to get back here, it's huge".

By all accounts, the United States is peaking at the right time in this tournament, a resounding win over the Finns - a team the United States grappled with in its first preliminary game, coming away with a 3-1 win after trailing, 1-0 - proving the offense has found its rhythm. Starting goalie Shannon Szabados was steady in earning the shutout.

Monday's announcement that the Olympics will let in two more teams was celebrated as a victory for women's hockey.

Hilary Knight shared her thoughts on this inevitable matchup, saying that "this is the world's biggest stage. You're going to get rewarded".

Cameranesi finished with two goals and an assist, and the Americans enter the gold medal-match having outscored their opponents, 14-3, through four games.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson added a power-play tally at 13:21 of the second period-her team-leading third of the Olympic Games.

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If Finland had upset the Americans - and a Finland victory would have been a monumental upset - panic would have swept the nation.

Only 45 seconds into the third period, Cameranesi scored again, this time assisted by Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt. But it's also a rematch of four of the five Olympic gold medal games and every world championship ever played.

"I feel like all the good coaches go to the boys' side", she said.

"I'm OK. My head just got hit on the boards". "The time it takes to get to this point. the amount of work and the sacrifices". When asked her opinion on which team had the advantage in the gold medal showdown, Finnish netminder Noora Raty had this to say: "It's tough".

Gigi Marvin of the USA team celebrates the victory as she leaves the ice after the game.

"Teams respect our speed and our skill", Stauber said. "That's the position we're in right now, so we're excited".

"I wish you could be in our room", Knight said.

"This is something we have worked hard for all year and it comes down to one game and it is going to be the better team that comes out on top and there is no doubt in my mind that we are going to be ready for whatever it takes".

For anything less than a victory over Finland - and a trip to the gold-medal game against rival Canada - would have been a crushing defeat.

"She enjoys making plays with the puck and has great vision", Pounder said, "but when she [is on the point] ... she is too far from the net and not using her greatest skill, which is that quick release".

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