Canada punches its ticket, will face U.S. in final

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Canada took a one-goal lead on its first shot and never looked back as they defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 and clinched a spot in the Gold Medal game for the sixth time in as many attempts.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice as Canada finally pulled away in third period after a tighly-contested 40 minutes. Marie-Philip Poulin, Emily Clark and Rebecca Johnston also found twine in the semifinal victory.

Szabados got the start in net after only playing in one of the three preliminary round games as head coach Laura Schuler wanted each goaltender to receive some ice time.

Canada will look to defend its title for the fifth consecutive time as they take on Team USA in the championship game Feb. 20th at 11:10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Read the full story here and watch highlights from both Canada’s and USA’s semifinal games