The Canadians won four games in December and they won the pool play game against the Americans at the Olympics 2-1. Despite this, they could not seem to beat Canada for gold at the Olympics.
Canada was ideal in the preliminary round of the tournament, defeating everyone in their group - including the United States.
Kennedy and Hebert are Olympic gold medallists with the Kevin Martin rink at the 2010 Winter Games.
Team USA captain Meghan Duggan, who scored the first American goal four years ago and played in the Vancouver final, knows the history all too well.
GAME NOTES: In some ways, it's no wonder that the US outshot and outscored the Canadians with seven power plays to the northerners' two. The Canadians managed to squeak out a 2-1 win, despite being outshot 45-23. This is the best result of our hockey players at the Olympic games.
Play with confidence: Forget about 2014 when the Americans squandered a two-goal lead and lost in overtime.
The second period started much different.
And then Marie-Philip Poulin, the twice-golden girl, went after a puck like a demon and drew a penalty with 1:35 left, and that was all that got Canada to a shootout. Hilary Knight found the net for a fourth time 34 seconds after Lamoureux-Davidson's goal when she redirected a Sidney Morin shot for a goal.
"This team is ready, it's full of passion, energy and excitement". "There's no question that both teams want this as bad as possible".
Team USA can rely on the plays of Dani Cameranesi who delivered two goals against Finland in the semifinals. Shannon Szabados made 14 saves in the shutout. Now 4-4 overall and in a tie for fifth in the standings, Team USA, featuring Minnesotans Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving and Cory Christensen, are essentially out of medal contention following the 9-6 loss to Korea Monday night. Now, the two teams that have dominated global women's hockey for multiple decades will square off for the biggest prize at the Winter Olympics. "We've finally put ourselves in the position to win a gold medal, which is what we've been working toward". The Americans sent the puck down the net but hit the post.
After 60 minutes of regulation, another 20 in overtime and six rounds in the shootout, that's all that mattered.
While the roster of Canada was retooled in the last four years, two-gold medal victor Marie-Philip Poulin remains to have the voice and the experience for her teammates. They were then upset in the semi's by Sweden in 2006 and settled for bronze. After a fight for better pay they scored a contract that rivals that of the men's national team.