Canada, US prepare for Olympic women's ice hockey quarterfinals

Canada, US prepare for Olympic women's ice hockey quarterfinals

She patiently waited for a sliding Finnish defender to move out of the way before firing a wrist shot past goaltender Noora Raty to give Canada a 3-0 lead.

Since they began in 1990, the two teams have played in every final, with Canada winning 10 and the USA eight, including the last four.

The Americans have not taken home gold since 1998, while Canada is here looking for a fifth straight.

Shannon Szabados is as familiar with that Canadian attack so the Edmonton native was hardly surprised at what that prolific offence did to Raty and the Finns in another decisive win for the four-time defending champions.

Now that the group stage is done, the two best-seeded teams from Group A got automatically moved into the semifinals, which will be the second round of the playoff stage.

Meanwhile, Canada clinches first place in Group A. They will face the victor of the quarterfinal match between Sweden and the third-place team in Group A. Expect to see a rematch in the finals.

"It was good for us to get out and get a couple of goals early".

Melodie Daoust celebrates with her Canadian teammates after scoring a goal in the second period against Finland. It will complete group play Thursday (Korea time) vs. the archrival US, which played the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) later Tuesday. Veteran Meghan Agosta got things started just 35 seconds into the game, depositing the puck past Raty after taking a ideal two-on-one pass from Melodie Daoust. The Finns, who lost 3-1 to the its opener, are two-time bronze medallists. "It doesn't matter who puts the puck in the net as long as we're successful at the end of the game".

"The three of them can create offense and they worked their magic in the first two games", Canada's head coach Laura Schuler said of her top line. That missed call was eventually reversed but it was the second time the officials missed a clear goal.

Jillian Saulnier became the first Nova Scotian to score a goal in Olympic women's hockey when she neatly buried a breakaway late in the second period. I think we might have got ahead of ourselves a little bit, maybe thinking too much offensively instead of playing a sound defensive game.

The matchup lived up to the hype as the two North American powerhouses met in the preliminary round of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Despite 26 shots on goal in the first period, both teams remained scoreless till Canada's Meghan Agosta scored on a power play at 7:18.