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USA Women Beat Finland to Advance to Gold Medal Game

USA will look to win consecutive gold medals at the women's Olympic hockey tournament after beating Finland 4-1 on Monday.
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USA will look to win consecutive gold medals at the women's Olympic hockey tournament after beating Finland 4-1 on Monday.

The Americans have won the event twice in tournament history, taking the debut gold in 1998 and then 20 years later in a shootout win over Canada. They'll meet up with Canada for the sixth time in seven Olympic tournaments.

Finland, the third-ranked seed, will look to build upon its bronze medal win in 2018 as well.

After USA took an 8-0 shot advantage early in the second, they finally found a way to beat Anni Keisala. Cayla Barnes scored on the first power-play of the game after using the open space to receive a Hannah Brandt feed before sending it quickly past Keisala to finally give USA a chance to breathe.

it was a historic game for Hilary Knight, who, just for being in the lineup, tied Jenny Potter and Angela Ruggiero for the most Olympic games played by an American women's hockey player at 21 games. She then recorded her 26th career point to put herself second all-time in American history when she beat Keisala with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 late in the second period. 

Susanna Tapani would score Finland's lone goal late in the game to spice things up, but goals from Hayley Scamurra and Abby Roque made Finland's comeback effort redundant. 

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