The record Olympic champions from Canada have impressively underlined their claims to their fifth ice hockey gold. In the last preliminary round match against the defending champion USA, the world champions won 4:2 (1:0, 3:2, 0:0) and closed group A with the maximum haul of twelve points and 33:5 goals.
Brianne Jenner (15th and 32nd), Jamie Lee Rattray (35th) and Marie-Philip Poulin (38th) scored the goals for the Canadians, who confirmed their role as favourites. Dani Cameranesi (30th) and Alex Carpenter (32nd) had meanwhile given the USA a 2-1 lead.
But the 2018 Olympic champions were not up to the strong Canadian offensive. The Americans advanced to the quarterfinals as runners-up in their group.
The two rivals have contested five of the six Olympic finals so far, only in 2006 Sweden surprisingly knocked out the USA in the semi-finals. They also met in 19 of 20 World Cup finals.