Team USA defeats Finland in women's hockey

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US women's hockey overcomes Finland, wins first game of 2018 Olympics

The Canadians will be facing a Finland team that scored first on the United States in its opening game but ultimately took a 3-1 loss to one of the tournament's favorites.

In this year's tournament, Team USA has won its two preliminary round games 3-1 over Finland and 5-0 over Russian Federation, while Team Canada has beaten Finland 4-1 and Russian Federation 5-0.

Canada has won four straight Olympic women's ice hockey gold medals including the last two over Team USA. Hovi Venla scored on a wrister from the slot giving the Finns a 1-0 lead.

Team USA continues pool play on Tuesday when they will face Russian Federation. "For sure, as an National Hockey League player you're disappointed because everyone wants to play at an Olympics and represent their country, much like these guys do too", he said. "It didn't. It brings a level of awareness to what we've talked about".

Madison's Amanda Kessel had two shots on goal and was plus-1.

The U.S. almost scored again midway through the third period, when Coyne's pass deflected off a Finnish player's skate and whacked Raty's facemask.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson tied it up for the Americans. "Once we get one, the rest usually start to fall, and we were able to get another quick one right after with Kendall's goal".

WATCH: Kendall Coyne scores on the power-play to give United States of America the 2-1 lead over Finland.

Stauber had not tipped his hand before game day on which of three Olympic rookies he would put in net.

"There's going to be some great stories in these Olympics".

Rooney was at her best as the Americans killed two penalties in the third when the Finns outshot them 10-8. She finished the game against Team USA with a.951 save percentage.

Canada is attempting to win yet another gold medal.

"I played up a year for my first year of AAA", said Coyne. "It's best-on-best competition. It's exciting hockey, it's always back and forth".

Wisconsin Men's Hockey Coach Tony Granato will be behind the bench when the United States takes on Slovenia on February 14 in their first preliminary round game.

During this win, Canada got two goals from Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust. Sarah Nurse was held without a shot.

He was 21.4 seconds behind the victor, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands.

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