And in their Group A finale, this continued, with America's northern neighbors winning 2-1. The loser of that final game will get the silver medal, while the two teams that lost in the semifinals will play one another for bronze. Because of the Olympic tournament's structure, the two women's hockey rivals might still find themselves playing one another for a gold medal once again. Rooney was in net for all three of the American wins over Canada last fall.
Though Tuesday's contest against the Finns was hard on the eyes at times - ragged play by both teams, an overabundance of whistles, some shoddy officiating and little flow - the Canadians still managed to exert their dominance. With two victories in hand, Canada and the United States were ranked the first and second teams in higher-ranked Group A, respectively. Melodie Daoust intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and fed Aghosta to give Canada a 1-0 lead.
The rookies, centered by Okanagan Hockey Academy alumna Emily Clark, came out with a burst of energy which was followed by a goal off the stick of Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Hockey Canada) 35 seconds into the game.
Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta./Hockey Canada) had shutout the Finnish squad until the 7:17 mark in the third period when Riikka Vanilla's third swat at the puck managed to get past her. The U.S. defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 5-0 in the late game on Tuesday, securing semi-final berths for both Canada and the U.S.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin put Canada up 2-0 late in the first when she roofed a backhand that exited the net so quickly officials missed it and play carried on.
On the disallowed goal, Schuler said she did not get an explanation but had no beef with the decision, saying the scoreboard showed it didn't cross the goal-line. 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 risky Alina Muller is, that's not a guaranteed win for Team USA.
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. They dominated play for most of the game.
"I think we did a good job keeping them to the outside", Lacasse said.
"That's the game we want to win", Mustonen said.