Canada beat Finland 4-1 on Tuesday on the Pyeongchang Olympics, and they have got their eye at the subsequent fit: in opposition to their competitors, the U.S.
With two wins and a nine-1 edge in objectives underneath their belt on the Olympics to this point, the Canadian women are pleased with how issues are going.
“We’ve started something really good here. And we’re looking forward to continue on this journey and this mission that we’re on,” ahead Meghan Agosta stated Tuesday.
With each North American groups having booked their price tag to the semifinals – the Americans’ five-zero win over the Russian access in the past due Pool A recreation ensured that – the general initial-spherical recreation between the 2 women’s hockey heavyweights Thursday will likely be a captivating appetizer ahead of their anticipated Olympic ultimate showdown.
The best two in Pool A earn byes to the semifinals. The backside two play quarterfinals in opposition to the highest two groups in Pool B.
The Canada-U.S. winner will play the A4/B1 victor whilst the loser takes at the A3/B2 winner in the semifinals.
Canada trainer Laura Schuler says her workforce’s method in opposition to the Americans on Thursday received’t exchange regardless of the playoff-spherical state of affairs.
“Our goal, every single time we play, is to be better,” stated Schuler. “We need to develop from (the five-zero win over) OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) to Finland. We need to develop from Finland into the U.S. recreation.
“The one beauty of our women is we’re by no means glad the place we’re at. We’re pleased with the place we’re at however we’re by no means glad. We at all times need to be higher.”
Agosta and Melodie Daoust every had a purpose and an lend a hand Tuesday. Marie-Philip Poulin and Jillian Saulnier additionally scored as probably the most Canadian males’s workforce watched from the higher tier of the sector.
Riikka Valila, Finland’s 44-year-outdated veteran, turned into the oldest girl to attain a purpose in both the Olympics or women’s global championships at 7:17 of the 3rd length. She crammed in her personal rebound off an athletic Shannon Szabados save following a Canadian defensive letdown.
“I do like where our team’s at,” stated Schuler. “I assumed this night we had an actual robust first and 2d length. Finland clearly performed us in point of fact onerous in the 3rd length. I feel we would possibly have were given forward of ourselves slightly bit, possibly considering an excessive amount of offensively as an alternative of enjoying a valid defensive recreation.
“Because Finland’s an ideal workforce and they may be able to generate a large number of offence too. So the significance people ensuring that we’re staying hooked up and enjoying defensive hockey first ahead of heading down the opposite finish.”
Outshot 32-23 by means of Canada, the Finns had their probabilities. Rosa Lindstedt hit the goalpost in the primary length and Szabados stopped Susanna Tapani on a breakaway in the 3rd.
Japan and Switzerland have already certified for the quarterfinals out of Pool B.
The Canadian women are after a 5th immediately Olympic name. The Finns, who misplaced three-1 to the U.S. in its opener, are two-time bronze medallists.
Meaghan Mikkelson, a 33-year-outdated defenceman and 3-time Olympian from St. Albert, Alta., marked her 100th world look for Canada.