USA women rout Finland 5-0, advance to gold-medal game

Herbert Rhodes
February 21, 2018

With that comes pressure, but this group wouldn't have it any other way.

"It was an open-ice hit and you can't body-check in women's hockey so that should have been a penalty", Raty said.

Americans besides the women's hockey team could win gold. The role-model factor is vast, especially in Canada with most on this year's roster having grown up idolizing the sport's pioneers.

Finland thrashed Sweden 7-2 in the last eight to go through to the semis and ensure they had a chance to fight for a medal. It was a motivational push that sent the Toronto native along a path to Ohio State University and eventually to becoming a fixture in the national program.

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Team Canada tied for gold in the two men sledding event at the Winter Olympics on Monday.

Nearly to a player, Spooner's teammates have similar stories of having grown up watching stars such as Cassie Campbell, Danielle Goyette, Hayley Wickenheiser and others and having the opportunity to meet them. But Stauber, the team's coach, and his players are not blind to reality.

"We came together in May a year ago and were coming off three straight world's losses to the U.S.", Jenner said. It leaves an imprint growing up.

Canada's Meghan Agosta seeks her fourth gold medal and says this year's team has a special bond.

"It means everything", American forward Amanda Kessel said. Everybody gave it their best effort, fought hard, endured and made their country, their family, their friends and their fans proud. "We've been working our whole life for this".

Four years ago, that was Canada, finishing off what Jenner called the "fairy-tale ending", a ridiculous, nearly unthinkable comeback that pushed the American team right back into its recurring nightmare.

"A battle for the ages, as usual", Canada's Brianne Jenner said. We changed our systems a little bit.

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"You know we have the rivalry".

The Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation looked bad in the preliminary round, going winless.

There have been suggestions that the Americans could have a motivational edge, but don't be so sure.

"You train four years for this one game", Monique Lamoureux-Morando said. It's going to come down to who executes, who can perform in the moment and who stays disciplined.

"We play the top women's championship with 10 teams so we extended already our world championship".

Canada also beat the Americans 2-1 in the preliminary round in Pyeongchang despite being outshot nearly 2-to-1.

"When you put 45 shots on goal you've got to be able to put more than one into the net".

One thousand, four hundred, and sixty-three days. Canada then equalised in the final seconds and won in over-time.

"The politicians made the decision... but our players and our staff are the ones that made it work", said Murray, whose team always attracted a packed stadium and a swarm of media at each game.

Hockey that is watched and admired by many.

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