Agosta-Daoust-Poulin line leads Canada in win over Finland

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Canada (2-0 in Group A) continued its march to the tournament semifinals with the win. "It's an incredible ...when the two teams play well you can't not help but love watching it".

The Americans have not taken home gold since 1998, while Canada is here looking for a fifth straight.

On Tuesday, a relentless Canada squad turned a pair of Finnish turnovers into a 2-0 first-period lead.

Both teams will advance to the semifinals and will await the winners of the quarterfinals matchup. The highest ranked teams - Canada, the U.S., Finland and the Olympic Athletes From Russia (OAR) - are in Group A, while the next four highest-ranked teams - Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and the combined Korea team - are in Group B.

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

Daoust deftly delayed her pass to freeze the goalie and then slipped the puck between the defenceman's legs to Agosta for a tap-in goal just 35 seconds in. The Finns, who lost 3-1 to the its opener, are two-time bronze medallists.

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Preliminary Round Match - Switzerland v Canada - Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 15, 2018 - Rene Bourque (R) and goalkeeper Ben Scrivens of Canada celebrate after defeating Switzerland. Veteran Meghan Agosta got things started just 35 seconds into the game, depositing the puck past Raty after taking a flawless two-on-one pass from Melodie Daoust. "It doesn't matter who puts the puck in the net as long as we're successful at the end of the game".

On the disallowed goal, Schuler said she did not get an explanation but had no beef with the decision, saying the scoreboard showed it didn't cross the goal-line. "But when it come to USA playing Canada...the friendships are gone". 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.

Her husband Bob Bellamy adds: "A lot of the Canadian girls they go to the US colleges so a lot of these girls play together...they're on the same teams together so they know one another really well". However, Team USA will have to face the victor of the game between Switzerland and the fourth-place team in Group A. And considering how unsafe Alina Muller is, that's not a guaranteed win for Team USA.

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

"That's the game we want to win", Mustonen said.