SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Not once in the five Olympics since women's hockey was added to the Winter Games has Canada failed to reach the final.
They've got three gold medals and one silver so far. All that's left in these Winter Games is yet another game against the U.S. to determine which medal they'll bring home from Sochi.
The unbeaten Canadians clinched a spot in the Olympic championship game on Monday for the fifth straight time, beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals. Natalie Spooner scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 21 shots to help the three-time defending gold medalists claim their Olympic birthright.
"We feel like we've prepared all year for this game," Spooner said.
The U.S. beat Sweden 6-1 earlier in the day to reach the gold medal game, which it has not won since the sport's Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998. Canada and the United States have won every gold medal and all but one silver in the sport's Olympic history, and they've met in the final of every world championship since the inaugural event in 1990.
Canada beat the U.S. in the round-robin of the Sochi Games on Wednesday — the Americans' only loss of the tournament. Canada and the United States also played seven times in the run-up to the Olympics, with the Americans holding a 4-3 edge.
"We've played a lot of great games against them," Spooner said. "It's going to be another one of those in the final."