U.S. women shut down Finland, advance to gold medal game

The Finns finally managed to solve Cavallini in the third period with the goalie pulled, but it was too little too late with only 26 seconds remaining on the clock. Abby Roque swiftly reclaimed the three-goal lead after the Finland tally with an empty-netter in the game’s dying seconds, sealing the win for the Americans and propelling them one step close to a successful title defense.

Just as many expected before the women’s hockey tournament even began, the U.S. and Canada are indeed meeting once again in the gold medal game. They’ve faced off in the women’s hockey final in five of the last six Olympics since 1998, when women’s hockey first became an official event at the Winter Games. Since then, they’ve formed one of the best rivalries in all of sports — if not the best.

“We are just so excited. This is what we have been playing for. It is us against Canada and it is what we love to do and why we are here. We are really excited,” said Scamurra.

“I think it is the best rivalry in sports. You can feel it when you are watching it and when you are doing it, it is that much more. It is so much fun. I love it.”

Puck drop for the women’s gold medal game between the U.S. and Canada is set for 11:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Finland and Switzerland will compete for the bronze medal that morning at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Click here to view all the stats from the United States’ win over Finland, and click here to watch the full event replay from start to finish.