It is the fifth gold medal game appearance in six Olympic tournaments for the American women who won the first women's ice hockey tournament in 1998. "We'll enjoy this. It's what we came here and worked hard for, to put ourselves in position for a gold medal.Canada's Jennifer Wakefield scored 1:50 into the semi-final and Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin netted a backhand 3:10 into the second period to make it 2-0".
At the same time as dashing Canada's dreams of a fifth straight gold, Lamoureux-Davidson's moment of magic secured the US its first title since 1998 and avenged a heart-breaking and similarly dramatic loss last time out in Sochi.
US will face Canada in the Winter Olympics Ice Hockey on Thursday for the sixth consecutive Winter Olympics on Wednesday start time at 11:10 PM ET, in Pyeongchang.
Now the Americans have their latest chance at Olympic gold (Wednesday, 11:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) against their archrival in a showdown Thursday that will include Marie-Philip Poulin, whose two goals snatched gold from US hands in Sochi.
The Americans last won gold in the 1998 Nagano Games. They know what must be done to beat Canada. The Finns, ranked third in the world previous year, will try to take home the bronze medal for the first time since 2010.
After Lamoreux-Davidson beat Szabados - getting the Canadian goalie moving right and then sliding the puck under her glove - Agosta was stopped by Rooney to spark an American celebration.
The Canadians didn't wait long to equal the scoreboard with a goal just two minutes into the second period. They've also won five straight over the Americans, including four exhibition victories in December prepping for the Olympics. "I think that got us battle-ready". "There's no question that these two teams want it as bad as possible".
The U.S. failed to capitalize on a number of early opportunities, having scored on only one of five power plays in the first two periods.
American forward Hilary Knight opened the scoring in the dying seconds of the first period, redirecting a shot by Sidney Morin past Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados.
"This was really a gold-medal preparation for us because they're a darn good team, and we had to be ready to play", USA coach Robb Stauber said of Finland. The semifinals and bronze-medal game are scheduled for Thursday and the gold-medal final is Friday.
"Everyone is rolling, that's what we want, and that's the kind of team we've built", said USA forward Hilary Knight after the win against Finland.
Team USA's hopes of thwarting Canada's attack rest on 20-year-old goaltender Maddie Rooney, who is making her Olympic debut after anchoring the 2017 world championship team.