WATCH LIVE: United States vs. Canada in women’s hockey gold showdown

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Canada beat the U.S. women’s hockey team in a group play game that was more about pride than anything else, but the rematch for gold kicks in at noon ET on Thursday:

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United States vs. Canada: 12 p.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

The feeling going into the women’s tournament was that it came down to Canada, the U.S. and everyone else. That much has been solidified as each nation cruised to this expected gold medal contest.

The certainty fades when you attempt to appoint a favorite, however. The U.S. came in with a lot of hype and has at times been more dominant in its matches, yet Canada is shooting for a fourth consecutive gold and hasn’t lost an Olympic women’s hockey game in ages. Really, it’s just a fascinating match that could go either way.

The Canadian and United States men’s and women’s hockey teams will face off in two high-stakes games in as many days. It starts with this duel for the gold.

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