Canada beat the U.S. 3-2 today in pool play to extend its Olympic winning streak to 18 games dating back to 1998.
It also ended a run of four straight U.S. wins leading up to Sochi.
Both teams already have earned spots in the semifinals and they are expected to meet for gold. So what’s the significance of this matchup?
Well, now the U.S. will probably have to play Finland, assuming the Finns take out either Sweden or Russia in the quarterfinals. If there is any country that’s poised for an upset, it’s Finland, led by Noora Raty in goal and Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani up front.
Karvinen scored 2 goals and added 1 assist to lead Finland to a 4-3 win over the Swiss in the other Group A pool play game. Tapani assisted on both of Karvinen’s goal.
Karvinen is now the second-leading scorer in the Olympics.
For a full story on the U.S.-Canada game, go here.