Canada falls 4-2 to U.S. at women's worlds
Arch-rivals to meet again in final game on Saturday
The Canadian women's hockey team dropped a clutch 4-2 decision to the Americans on Thursday, snapping a 29-game winning streak and granting their longtime rivals a berth in the world championship finals in Harbin, China.
The U.S. and Canada will square off in the finals for the 11th consecutive time on Saturday (7 a.m. ET).
The Canadians had a chance to eliminate the U.S. squad from the final and give Finland its first crack at the women's world hockey title, but it was not to be.
Instead, U.S. captain Natalie Darwitz potted two goals and added an assist to lead the United States in a do-or-die win.
"It was desperation hockey for us," Darwitz said after the game.
The defending champion Canadians were already assured a spot in the final after a 4-2 victory over Finland Wednesday, while the U.S. had been upset 1-0 by Finland earlier in the week.
The U.S. team had a day off to ponder its loss, while the Canadians played back-to-back games against Finland and the U.S.
Meghan Duggan and Caitlin Cahow also scored for the U.S., and defenceman Julie Chu posted two assists, making up for a line-change mistake that led to the lone goal in the team's overtime loss to the Finns.
The U.S. scored three of their four goals on the power play, while Canada failed to capitalize on all but one of nine U.S. penalties, managing a meagre 16 shots on the outing.
"We didn't get the puck through to the net enough and didn't get enough shots, or work the puck low to high enough at times, and just be desperate enough around the net to score," Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser said.
The last time Canada lost was a 5-3 defeat on Jan. 1 2006, also against the Americans.
The Finns will play the Swiss, who beat Russia 2-1 on Thursday, in the bronze-medal game.
With files from the Canadian Press