Canadian women break winter Olympics scoring record again in final against USA

2022-06-27 0 By

Beijing, February 14 (Xinhua) — By Ma Kai, Lin Deren and Zhao XuCanada broke its own record for most ice hockey goals scored at a single Winter Olympics on Sunday, beating Switzerland 10-3 to set up a gold medal showdown with the United States.The latter beat Finland 4-1 in the semi-final.The previous record for women’s hockey goals in a single Winter Games was 48, set by Canada in 2010.Canada has scored 54 goals so far in Beijing.Entering the game, Canada was on the verge of breaking the record with 44 goals.From the start, Canada went all out on offense, tying a record with four goals in less than 10 minutes.Erin Ambrose and her teammates put Canada up 5-0 with a record-breaking goal in the first 10:40.Late in the first quarter, Canada was penalized with a man out for two minutes before Switzerland grabbed the opportunity to pull one goal back.In the second quarter, Switzerland made several threatening counter-attacks and scored two goals.But defensively, they couldn’t hold off the Canadian onslaught, allowing three more goals.Canada finished the game with 61 shots, far more than Switzerland’s 13.After two more goals in the last quarter, Canada breezed through to the final.Veteran Rebecca Johnston was on the team when Canada lost to the United States on penalties to win the silver medal in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics final.After the semi-final, she said: “That gold medal is in our minds and that’s what we want to achieve.We will give it our all to play the last game.”By contrast, the United States had a tougher fight to advance, with Finland’s tough defense giving them no small difficulties.The teams were tied in the first quarter, with the United States building its advantage with two goals in the second period.Despite the narrow margin, the AMERICANS ‘quick passing created more chances and made it 3-0 in the final five minutes.At the last minute, Finland replaced the goalkeeper, added an attacking player and used the numerical advantage to score a goal to avoid a clean sheet.But with only five seconds left, the United States grabbed a steal and scored in an empty net to make it 4-1.The U.S. and Canada will play in the final on May 17.The two teams have played each other nine times in Winter Olympics history, with Canada winning 6-3.In the most recent match, Canada defeated the United States 4-2 in group play on Sunday.Finland and Switzerland will compete for the bronze medal in the women’s ice on Sunday.