Team USA beats Finland, advances to gold medal rematch with Canada
Americans will play Canada for gold medal after beating Finns 4-1
BEIJING — The United States women's hockey team is headed back to the gold medal game.
Team USA got goals from Cayla Barnes, Hilary Knight, Hayley Scamurra and Abby Roque and 25 saves from Alex Cavallini to beat Finland 4-1 in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament on Monday.
Team USA will play Canada at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday for the gold medal. It will be the sixth time (out of seven possible) that the two countries have played one another for the gold medal since women's hockey was added to the Olympics in 1998.
Canada beat Switzerland 10-3 in the semifinals on Monday to advance to the gold medal game. Canada beat Team USA 4-2 in pool play on Feb. 8.
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The placing matches the third-best finish by an American rink in seven Olympic appearances.
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Canada reclaims the gold medal the Americans took from them four years ago in Pyeongchang.
A surprising loss to Italy on Tuesday night dented Team USA's standing but a win in their last game is still likely to get the Americans to the medal round.