Canadian women take 1st Olympic showdown against USA 2-1

Canadian women take 1st Olympic showdown against USA 2-1

In improving to 2-0 in the tournament, they've now outscored the opposition 9-1 and have clinched a bye to next week's semi-final.

Schuler grumbled the familiar hockey coach's lament that once her team took a 4-0 lead they got a little too hungry for more goals at the expense of some defensive play.

Finland, who beat the Russians to take the third seeding, will meet sixth-seeded Sweden on Saturday for the right to play the Americans, and the fourth-seeded Russians take on fifth-seeded Switzerland to earn a spot against Canada.

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.

Team Canada's start could not have been any better. Canada outshot Finland 32-23 for the game.

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

The Canadians also had two goals disallowed, the second midway through the third for Haley Irwin kicking the puck in off her left skate. Veteran Meghan Agosta got things started just 35 seconds into the game, depositing the puck past Raty after taking a flawless two-on-one pass from Melodie Daoust.

Daoust deftly delayed her pass to freeze the goalie and then slipped the puck between the defenceman's legs to Agosta for a tap-in goal just 35 seconds in. The U.S. fell behind Finland in their matchup and needed an empty-net goal to record a 3-1 victory.

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Preliminary Round Match - Switzerland v Canada - Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 15, 2018 - Rene Bourque (R) and goalkeeper Ben Scrivens of Canada celebrate after defeating Switzerland. But officials upheld the no-goal call after review, without explanation. Canada, however, has usually come out on top in the Olympics. However, Team USA will have to face the victor of the game between Switzerland and the fourth-place team in Group A. And considering how unsafe Alina Muller is, that's not a guaranteed win for Team USA.

"It's always a battle playing the USA", said Agosta.

"I think we did a good job keeping them to the outside", Lacasse said.

Natalie Spooner, playing in her 100th game for Team Canada, made a no-look backhand pass to set up Agosta at 7:18 of the first period to give the Canadians a 1-0 advantage.