Ice Hockey: US women ease past Finland into final

Posted February 21, 2018

"We don't take anyone lightly, we don't put ourselves ahead a couple of days". "In Canada, the expectation is always to win gold".

After Sweden's sixth goal, Korean forward Choi Jiyeon crashed into her own goalie, lying on the ground in the Korean crease for a long few seconds before slowly rising back to her feet, a picture of defeat.

On a day when International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel announced the Olympic tournament at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games would expand from eight to 10 teams, Canada and US continued to show they remain a class apart.

Bruce Bennett via Getty Images Marie-Philip Poulin scored the overtime victor in the gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But South Korea says nothing has been decided on whether such a summit will happen. No one else has ever skated away with an Olympic gold medal.

Which, for some of the hockey players, was not so bad at all.

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"Maybe they weren't here for hockey". Canada beat the usa 2-1 when the teams met in round robin play last week.

They made the point with their second goal of the tournament.

"We've worked hard the past four years", USA captain Meghan Duggan said. "We can't go back and play that game again".

As the team gathered around the faceoff circle for their normal post-game cheer - "Fighting!" Team USA wanted the once-in-a-lifetime satisfaction of winning an Olympic gold on home soil and were heavy favourites going into the tournament, having gone undefeated in 35 straight games. If they go ahead early, it would give them a major boost, which could potentially see them to a surprise medal.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel is not sure it's necessary for players to stop but figures it's better to be safe than sorry. "We've been talking about doing some sort of exchange game or maintaining this connection". "We have a lot of speed, talent and skill and we're ready". "But you never get over it". It's not clear what will remain. "But I'm good", Savolainen said.

"Canada's Olympians - both past and present - inspire our nation to not only come together to support our athletes, but also to get involved in sport and active, healthy lifestyles", said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation.

Score ugly: The U.S. team averages nearly 44 shots a game but have scored 14 goals.

Canada won a group-stage clash over the U.S. women 2-1 last week, a game that ended with a melee in front of the Canadian goal and two roughing penalties as shoves escalated.

"If the North's staff was different, if the North's players were different, if our players were different or our staff was any different, I don't think this would have worked".