Finland routs Switzerland to defend Olympic women's hockey bronze

Finland beat Switzerland 4-0 on Wednesday to claim the Olympic women's ice hockey bronze medal. Viivi Vainikka slipped the puck past Swiss netminder Andrea Braendli midway through the first period to draw first blood for the Finns.

Canada will play the U.S. on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET for gold

Viivi Vainikka, left, scored in the first period to lead the way to Finland's 4-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday to successfully defend the Olympic women's hockey bronze medal. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Susanna Tapani scored her team-leading sixth goal, Anni Keisala stopped 15 shots and Finland claimed its fourth Olympic women's hockey bronze medal with a 4-0 win over Switzerland.

Wednesday night's victory earned Finland a bronze medal in consecutive Olympics.

Viivi Vainikka and Nelli Laitinen also scored in a rematch of last year's world championship bronze medal game, which Finland won 3-1. The Finns bounced back from a 3-2 loss to the Swiss in the preliminary round.

Switzerland's Andrea Braendli stopped 34 of the first 35 she faced, and 43 overall in a game the Finns pulled away by scoring three times in the third period. The Swiss fell short in an attempt to match their best finish at the 2014 Sochi Games, when they beat Sweden to win the bronze medal.

Vainikka opened the scoring 11:38 into the first period by driving to the front of the net and slipping in a loose puck after Braendli stopped a shot from Noora Tulus. Tapani scored on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break 3:24 into the third period. Laitinen and Karvinen sealed the win with power-play goals in the final 5:36.

Keisala finished the tournament stopping 173 of 189 shots, while appearing in all seven games. Her best save against Switzerland came midway through the second period, when she got her glove up to stop Lena Marie Lutz's shot on a breakaway.

Canada will play the United States on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET in the gold medal match for the sixth time in seven tournaments.

In PyeongChang 2018, the U.S. edged the Canadian squad 1-0 in a shootout after a 2-2 tie stood after overtime.

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