Hayley Wickenheiser (Wikimedia Commons)
For the thirteenth time in the history of the Women’s World Hockey Championship, it will be an all North American final.
Today in Zurich, Switzerland, Canada defeated Finland 4-1 and the United States defeated Russia 5-1.
Since the first Women’s World Hockey Championship in Ottawa in 1990, Canada and the United States have played against each other for the Championship every time with Canada holding a 9-3 edge. But the United States have won the last two World Championships. In 2008, they were 4-3 victors over Canada in Harbin, China and in 2009, they were 4-1 winners over Canada in Hameenlinna, Finland.
Canada however got revenge on their number one rival when they defeated the United States 2-0 in the Gold medal Game at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
On Saturday, Canada dominated the play against Finland, outshooting their opponents 78-16. That’s right folks. That’s no misprint. Finnish goalie Noora Raty made 74 saves. Marie-Philip Poulin-Nadeau, Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser and Rebecca Johnston scored for Canada.