U.S.A. to meet Canada for gold

The defending champion Americans downed Finland 7-0 at the women’s world hockey championship Thursday to set up another gold-medal match with Canada.

Team Canada goaltender Kim St.Pierre

HAMEENLINNA, Finland — The defending champion Americans downed Finland 7-0 at the women’s world hockey championship Thursday to set up another gold-medal match with Canada.

The Americans and Canadians meet today in a playoff game (TSN, 10 a.m.), but the two countries meet again Sunday for the championship regardless of the outcome.

Canada and the U.S., both 3-0, have met in the final of all 11 women’s championships with Canada holding a 9-2 record. Host Finland (2-1) will play for the bronze medal against the winner of pool runners-up.

Hilary Knight and Natalie Darwitz each had a hat trick to pace the U.S. Gigi Marvin also scored and Julie Chu had three assists.

In other games, Russia defeated Kazakhstan 9-2 and meet Sweden today. The winner faces the Finns for the bronze medal.

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