Ice hockey: Women's knockout round set with Canada on top

Ice hockey: Women's knockout round set with Canada on top

With the victory Canada sails into the knockout round with a ideal 3-0 mark sitting top of Group A followed by the 2-1.

Canada had two goals waived off due to a kicking motion in the final frame, and a crease violation in the opening period.

Canada would usually be the main attraction packing the largest venue but on Thursday the gold medalists were relegated to the smaller arena used primarily for women's hockey while the host South Koreans took on the Czech Republic across town at the main arena. Rooney was in net for all three of the American wins over Canada last fall.

Both Team USA and Canada have clinched byes to the semifinals. "This team's in a good spot right now".

"We've got great kids (nine rookies) and we've got great energy". Teammates Agosta and Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./Montreal, CWHL) led the way for Canada with a goal and an assist each. Riikka Valila added a third period goal for Finland at the 7:17 mark to break the Shannon Szabados shutout.

"You try to just treat it like any other game as cliche as that sounds, if you start focusing on magnitude you kind of get lost in the forest", said Canada netminder Ben Scrivens, who plays in the Russian KHL for Salavat Yulaev Ufa. "And we're looking forward to continue on this journey and this mission that we're on", forward Meghan Agosta said Tuesday after Canada dispatched Finland 4-1 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre. "It doesn't matter who puts the puck in the net as long as we're successful at the end of the game. But when it come to US playing Canada...the friendships are gone". That missed call was eventually reversed but it was the second time the officials missed a clear goal.

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Finland had eyes on medaling in this year's competiton but had to face both North American powerhouses in its first two games of the 2018 Winter Games.

With less than two minutes left Saulnier made history, catching the Finns on a bad line change and firing a wrister on a breakaway, becoming the first Nova Scotian woman to score in the Olympics. "We're focused on the things that we can control, and certainly those games that we've played in the past have nothing to do with our future".

"I think it let everybody see on our team where we are at and what we can do".

Jillian Saulnier scores a second-period goal against Noora Raty during Canada's 4-1 win over Finland on February 13, 2018.

"That's the game we want to win", Mustonen said.