BEIJING, China — Hilary Knight had a goal and assist, Alex Cavallini stopped 25 shots and the defending Olympic champion United States defeated Finland 4-1 in the women’s hockey semifinals at the Beijing Games.
The win sets up the sixth gold-medal showdown between the Americans and Canada.
The Canadians advanced earlier in the day after Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice in a 10-3 win over Switzerland.
Canada erupted for five first-period goals in an Olympic-record span of 3:24 to reach the championship game for the seventh time in seven Olympic tournaments.
Finland will play Switzerland in the bronze-medal game on Wednesday.
The U.S. and Canada faced off in the preliminaries of these Winter Olympics and Canada came away with the win over the defending gold medalists, with a score of 4-2.
The two teams have a fierce rivalry dating to before the women's first Olympic tournament at the 1998 Negano Games.
The Americans are the defending Olympic champions following a 3-2 shootout win in 2018, ending Canada’s four-tournament run of titles. The Canadians are the defending world champions following a 3-2 overtime win in August, which ended the U.S.’s five-tournament run of titles.
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