Cameranesi scores two, leads United States women's hockey to gold medal game

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Brianne Jenner, Renata Fast and the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team will play for gold.

That is, and has been, the story when Canada and the United States meet for Olympic gold in women's hockey.

Switzerland was better in its 2-0 win on Sunday, but the gap nowhere near as wide as it was the first time these teams met at the Pyeongchang Games _ an 8-0 rout in an Olympic opener that had everyone's attention a day after the opening ceremony. Finland clearly was a shaken team when the period ended, but regrouped in the third period, holding the Koreans to two shots on goal while scoring a pair themselves - the final one into an empty net - to secure Wednesday's date with Canada.

Cameranesi continued the onslaught with her second goal of the game in the third period, this time off a power play.

An illegal hit by a Russian player put Canada into a power play situation in the middle of the third period, and Canada was able to widen its lead with a goal from Rebecca Johnston.

"We had a great level of opportunity and a good level of compete, relentlessness, a lot of effort all around and we just couldn't put the puck in the net", Knight said after the Canada game.

With a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Monday's semifinal, Team Canada advanced to Thursday's final and a chance to win its fifth Olympic gold in a row. If they win a fifth gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Canada will be the first team in any sport at the Winter Olympics to accomplish that feat.

It's fair to say that allowing the fewest amount of goals is pretty much the first step to victory in any hockey game. It's the game you've been dreaming of.

Jenna Conter
Jenna Conter

Canada cruised into its sixth straight Olympic women's hockey final (and there have only been six). It looked like she might attempt a wrap-a-round, but instead Spooner slipped the puck out the short side to Wakefield in front and the Pickering, Ont. native slipped a shot past Tarakanova for her first point of the Olympics.

Forward Hilary Knight, who also scored on Monday, admitted after the semifinal win over Finland that the gold-medal loss in Sochi still stings.

Dani Cameranesi led the Americans with two goals in the lopsided victory.

And yes, the Americans understand the United States-Canada playing for gold is what everyone expects to see.

For Olympic hosts South Korea, it means they go into the knock-out round winless and with the tournament's lowest ranking. It's just a matter of finding enough offensive support to stick close to an American team with the speed and skill to break the game open at any time.

The Canadian hegemony extends to the masculine where they won 9 titles in 15 participations. She supported her friends on the United States team a year ago when it threatened to boycott the women's world championships if U.S.A. Hockey, the sport's national governing body, did not increase salaries and support for the women's program. Anna Shokhina had two goals and two assists. In one of the greatest games in worldwide hockey history, Canada stormed back to win 3-2 in overtime. Canada had a stronger period overall, and OAR managed just four shots.

Team USA is looking strong in ice dancing to the battles of the podium includes three American couples skating a waste rating to finals.

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