Canada, USA reach dream final

Other News Materials 23 February 2010 05:54 (UTC +04:00)

Canada and the United States both avoided final slip-ups in Monday's semi-finals of the 2010 Olympics women's hockey tournament to reach the much-anticipated gold medal match between the two superpowers of the sport, dpa reported.

Team USA opened Monday's action with a convincing 9-1 victory over Sweden with Monique Lamourex scoring a hat-trick in leading the way for the two-time reigning world champions.

The US were already ahead 4-0 midway through the second period when Pernilla Winberg scored Sweden's sole goal of the contest.

The Americans, who out-scored their opponents 40-2 in their four games thus far in Vancouver, got revenge for their 3-2 defeat to the Swedes at the semis of the 2006 Turin Games.

Canada, meanwhile, did not score as resounding a semi-final victory over Finland as the Americans' drubbing of Sweden but won 5-0 and the decision was never in doubt.

Haley Irwin scored two goals for the Canadians, who have ran up a 46-2 goal difference in the tournament in reaching Thursday's gold medal slugfest.

Either the Canadians or the Americans have won all 15 Olympics or world championship titles since 1990. And the two powers have faced off in all of the finals expect the 2006 Olympics.

Canada won the 2002 and 2006 Olympics after the US won at Nagano 1998.

Canada have won nine of the 12 worlds finals but the United States have won the past two world crowns.

Sweden will face off against Finland in Thursday's bronze medal match.