Canada edges United States 2-1 in women's Olympic hockey

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With the victory Canada sails into the knockout round with a flawless 3-0 mark sitting top of Group A followed by the 2-1.

Since they began in 1990, the two teams have played in every final, with Canada winning 10 and the USA eight, including the last four. On Tuesday, Canada came away with an impressive 4-1 win over Finland, the same nation that defeated Canada 4-3 in the preliminary round of the 2017 Women's World Hockey Championship in Plymouth, Michigan.

Agosta, 31, scored her 16th Olympic goal as she took sole possession of second place on Canada's women's all-time Olympic scoring list, pulling her within two of Hayley Wickenheiser. With two victories in hand, Canada and the United States were ranked the first and second teams in higher-ranked Group A, respectively.

Both teams will advance to the semifinals.

"We've got great kids (nine rookies) and we've got great energy".

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.

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Agosta scored into an open net off a feed from Melodie Daoust, who led a 2-on-1 break after intercepting the puck in the neutral zone. "And we're looking forward to continue on this journey and this mission that we're on", forward Meghan Agosta said Tuesday after Canada dispatched Finland 4-1 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

The Americans, however, could not complete the comeback with the game ending in a wild pile-up around the Canadian net.

Daoust finally gave Canada a 3-0 advantage in the second period, beating Raty with a wrister from the top of the right circle at 8:19. The Canadians also had two goals disallowed earlier in a game that showed just how far these two teams are above the rest of the field - and how much they want to beat each other. The official immediately signaled no goal. The fourth goal may have been the most eye-catching of the night a breakaway effort from Jill Saulnier as she became the first Nova Scotian woman to score in the Olympics.

"I think (momentum) is really important", Agosta said.

"She played outstanding for us", Schuler said.

The Canadian players have been so schooled to say next to nothing bolder than the one-game-at-a-time drivel that it's tough to get a read on how confident they are.