With a perfect 3-0 record, the Canadian women's hockey team will head into the semi-final round with a rematch against the Olympic Athletes of Russia.
Team Canada beat the USA 2-1 to earn the top seed in the elimination round, and now they face the Russians once more while Finland and the American team will battle it out in their semi-final game. During these Olympic games, Canada earned the top spot in Group A with nine points, while the Americans came in second with six points. Finland is third after beating the Russian team.
The Olympic Athletes of Russia will face Canada in the semifinals Monday, February 19th at 7 a.m. ET.
Canada vs. Russia Women’s Olympic Hockey Odds
Barring a miracle on ice for either Russia or Finland in Monday’s semifinals, Team Canada and Team USA are expected to further advance towards a rematch in the gold-medal game.
Team Canada’s first game at Pyeongchang was against the Olympic Athletes of Russia, and they dispatched them 5-0, with Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust both netting two goals apiece. Team Canada out-shot Russia 48-18 in that game, and the sequel should be just as lopsided when they hit the ice early Monday morning.
All three Canadian netminders got to see some action in the preliminary round of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. A tremendous performance by Genevieve Lacasse, who made 44 saves to give her team a 2-1 win over the Americans on Thursday, put Team Canada ahead in their march to the gold medal game. Shannon Szabados had 22 saves in the 4-1 win over Finland, and Ann-Renee Desbiens posted a shutout against Russia in the first game of the tournament.
Regardless of who starts in net on Monday morning, they aren’t expected to see much action defending against the OAR.
Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)
The Russian doping scandal and subsequent ban did a number on the Russian Women’s hockey team, eliminating 6 of their players from contention. Those left over formed the Olympic Athletes from Russia, and they’ve struggled in this year’s games. Things turned around for them when they were matched against Switzerland, and they were able to lock down a convincing 6-2 win. Anna Shokhina had two goals and two assists. Yelena Dergachyova had a goal and two assists and Viktoria Kulishova, Liana Ganeyeva and Olga Sosina each notched one for their team.
A Russian women’s hockey team has never medalled at the Olympics, and this team doesn’t look like one that can change history in Pyeongchang. They lost to Canada, the United States and Finland in their group.
Canada vs. Russia Olympic Women’s Hockey Semifinal Prediction
Canada 7, Russia 1