Canadian women advance to gold medal hockey game at Winter Olympics

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But don't go berserk quite yet.

The team's makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.

You may have heard that Team USA hasn't exactly been rocking the Olympic medal count. "And we're just looking forward to having the opportunity to bring home another gold".

Four years ago when the games wrapped up in Sochi, fans were most likely expecting to see their favorite National Hockey League players in Pyeongchang.

Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados jousts with two Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on February 19.

But don't panic quite yet. Captain Meghan Duggan found Marvin alone in the slot, and she beat Raty stick-side for the easy goal just 2:25 into the game. Captain Marie-Phillip Poulin backhanded a shot over the OAR goalie's glove early in the second period to make it 2-0.

Lamoureux-Davidson's slap shot from the left circle came with 2 seconds left on the 5-on-3 at 13:21 of the second period, and Knight got her first goal of this tournament by redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin with 5 seconds left on the man advantage for the 4-0 lead. Heading into the game the US had been one-for-11 on the powerplay during the tournament. "So we're going to be focused on those things". "We're humming. It wasn't just one line that was going tonight, [it was] all four".

The U.S. has beaten Canada in seven of the last eight world championship finals, while the Canadians have bested the Americans in two Olympic gold-medal games over the same time frame.

The Americans, who haven't won Olympic gold since 1998, made sure they would get another shot at the gold with a dominating performance in the semifinals. Skier Lindsey Vonn will race in the downhill event on Wednesday and is a strong contender to reprise the gold she won in the event in Vancouver in 2010.

Earlier, Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own record in the ice dancing short program with 83.67 points.

Still, a women's hockey gold medal would just feel better than the others.

Canada also beat the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round in Pyeongchang despite being outshot nearly 2-to-1. The Sochi defeat is still bitter.

The authoritative victory gave the team a lift ahead of the gold medal match on February 22.

It was Team USA who booked their ticket first, putting the pressure on the Canadians to respond. "That's out of our control", Duggan said.

By all accounts, the U.S. is peaking at the right time in this tournament, a resounding win over the Finns - a team the USA 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. Speedskating, for example, has been a bust.

The Team Finland trainer immediately rushed to her aid, with the 20-year-old laying on the floor in serious pain.

Following his moment of glory, Bonsaksen discussed the importance of the win for Norwegian hockey, per Callum Ng of IIHF Hockey: "We talked about our losing streak in the room before the third period and wanted to do something historic here. We need you for that one'".

Canada beat the U.S. more individual skills.

Meanwhile, consolation play continued in the women's hockey tournament, with Switzerland outlasting Japan to earn fifth place. "Life, our teammates, family, country". But they're not using it as some sort of rallying cry.

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