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Canada and U.S. once again collide for women's hockey gold

{eot} Staff
2/20/2014 7:11:26 AM
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Once again, the two greatest powers in women's hockey will collide with Olympic gold on the line.

Canada and the United States square off for the gold medal on Thursday.

Listen to the game live on TSN Radio starting at 11:30am et/8:30am pt.

Both teams were able to show their strength in the semifinals but in different areas of the game.

The United States pummeled Sweden 6-1, bringing their output to 20 goals for the tournament thus far. Three American forwards – Amanda Kessel, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker – sit tied for second in tournament scoring with six points apiece through four games. The trio combined for seven points against Finland.

The Canadians, meanwhile, won a war of attrition against Switzerland. Stymied often by Swiss netminder Florence Schelling, the Canadian women showed grit and resilience in a 3-1 victory to make their fifth straight gold medal game.

In two games against Switzerland, Schelling stopped 109 Canadian shots on goal. Canada was timely with their offence in the semifinal, however, scoring their three goals in a span of just over four minutes in the first period.

Canada and the United States have met in three of the four gold medal games in Olympic history. Canada won gold in 2002 and 2010 with the Americans claiming gold at the inaugural tournament in Nagano, Japan in 1998. Canada also won gold in 2006 after Sweden beat the Americans in the semifinal.

The Canadians got the best of the Americans in the preliminary round, winning their round robin finale 3-2 thanks to a pair of goals from Meghan Agosta-Marciano. That game marked just the second time in the history of the Olympic women's tournament that the North American rivals met without the gold being at stake.

Prior to the Olympics, the Americans topped Canada at the 2013 Women's World Championships in Ottawa, beating Canada 3-2 in the gold medal game on Amanda Kessel's game-winner. Canada would respond by topping the U.S. in the 4 Nations Cup in November, winning their game 4-2 en route to claiming the tournament title.

The continental rivals have also met six other times since October in an exhibition series. The United States took the final four games of the series which were all contested in December. Canada won the opening two games of the set, back in October.

History – The Olympic Gold Medal Game

1998: USA 3, CAN 1 – Nagano, Japan

2002: Canada 3, USA 2 – Salt Lake City, USA

2006: Canada 4, Sweden 1 – Turin, Italy

2010: Canada 2, USA 0 – Vancouver, Canada

Meghan Duggan Brianne Jenner (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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