Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Analysis No surprises: Canada-US women's Olympic hockey final was inevitable

Analysis No surprises: Canada-US women's Olympic hockey final was inevitable

"When you're outshooting teams 2-to-1 and you're barely winning or not scoring as much as you'd like, what else are you going to do but keep getting pucks to the net", said head coach Robb Stauber.

On the other end, however, the United States will likely face two-time Olympic gold medal victor Szabados, who has been a persistent thorn in Team USA's side for years. The Americans will have to be at their best to best Canada, and here are a handful of things Team USA needs to do to win on Wednesday. More than half the US roster wears that broken heart on their sleeve and uses the sting of that dramatic overtime loss as motivation on every step of their Olympic journey.

The Olympics women's hockey tournament is nearly done.

South Korean goaltender Shin So-jung added: "It is the first time to be cheered on by such a large crowd and I'm just so thankful".

Raty, who works with young players in Minnesota, said, "There's a lot more coming". If Canada wins she will tie the record of four Olympic gold medals in women's hockey, a distinction shared by Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, and Caroline Ouellette.

The United States didn't have the best special teams game on Sunday, as they gave Finland two huge power play opportunities to get back into the game after going up 1-0 early in the first.

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While that pain might linger for some, the Americans do not seem bothered one bit by their most recent loss to Canada.

Noora Raty is the goalie for Finland, hailed by many as perhaps the tournament's top net-minder. She skated to the left before drilling a shot into the upper left corner of the Finland net.

"On one hand it's like any other hockey tournament".

Memorable Knight: Usually high performing US forward Hilary Knight has one goal and Brianna Decker doesn't have any. The final tally saw U.S. outshoot Finland better than two-to-one, finishing with a 38-14 margin. "But I'm good", Savolainen said. While both teams can't stand the other, you can also tell they have a ton of respect for each other.

"To be perfectly frank, there's not anything new that we're going to throw at our players now", he said. "The chemistry and the message that our players were able to send - that sports transcends the barriers. they did a great job".

Had the goal gone in, it would have broken the stranglehold Canada has held on the gold medal since 2002.

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The Americans narrowly lost the hockey gold to Canada four years ago in Sochi, Russia.

Before Canada's semi-final game against Russian Federation began on Monday, the US players were already looking forward to a rematch, given what happened in Sochi. On Thursday morning in PyeongChang, they can't re-write history but they certainly can turn the page on their own.

"It's spectacular to see our team come out and perform that well because there was a lot of pressure", USA coach Robb Stauber said.

In the two-man bobsled, the Canadians had to share a gold medal with Germany in a rare dead heat.

"We don't like it when the Dutch win that much", Lorentzen said of their rivalry for skating supremacy.

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