Canada crushes Olympic Athletes from Russia for berth in gold-medal game

Canadian women's hockey team shuts out OAR 5-0 to set up the much anticipated gold-medal game vs. rival U.S.A.

The Canadian women’s hockey team earned a 5-0 semifinal win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia to set up yet another gold-medal showdown with the United States. Meanwhile, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir topped the short dance, skier Cassie Sharpe is off to a promising start in the women’s halfpipe and the men’s and women’s curling teams once again had mixed results.

Since women’s hockey made its Olympic debut in 1998, Canada and the U.S. have met in every final except 2006 when the Americans were upset by Sweden in the semifinal. The Canadians will look to extend their gold-medal run to five straight.

Jennifer Wakefield led Canada with two goals. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin, Emily Clark and Rebecca Johnston also scored while Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots for the shutout and her second win of the tournament.

The Americans advanced with a 5-0 victory over Finland.

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