USA hockey defeats Finland, sets up gold medal rematch with Canada

The United States women’s hockey team will face Canada in the gold medal game at the Beijing Olympics after beating Finland 4-1 in the semifinals on Monday. The Canadians advanced with a 10-3 rout of Switzerland earlier in the day.

The American team, tied 0-0 with Finland at the end of the first period, accelerated their offensive attack in the second period. On the power play, after 16:21 of play, Cayla Barnes scored the first goal of her Olympic career thanks to an assist from Hannah Brandt.

Hilary Knight made it 2-0 on a wrist shot with 1:07 left in the second period. The goal was Knight’s 11th all-time at the Olympics, tying her with Jenny Potter and bringing her within three of the US Olympic record set by Natalie Darwitz and Katie King.

Hayley Scamurra added to the Team USA lead with 4:40 left in the third period, catching a deflected shot in front of the net to make it 3-0.

Finland’s Susanna Tapani ruined Alex Cavallini’s shutout attempt with 26 seconds left in the game, slipping one by the goaltender on the power play for her fifth goal of the tournament. Cavallini, who made 25 saves to preserve the win on Monday, allowed just two goals in three starts for Team USA.

Abby Roque scored an empty goal with four seconds left to seal the 4-1 victory.

For the sixth time in seven Olympic Games, the United States and Canada will meet in the gold medal match. In 2018, the Americans won gold for the first time since the debut of women’s hockey at the 1998 Olympics. Canada has won gold at every other Olympics.

Canada beat Team USA 4-2 in the group last week. The United States suffered a similar result at the PyeongChang 2018 Games before beating Canada for gold in a thrilling overtime win.

The teams will play for gold Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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