Thursday, April 10, 2008

Canada into final at women's world hockey championship with 4-2 win over Finns

HARBIN, China — Canada secured a berth in the gold-medal game at the women's world hockey championship Wednesday and Finland hopes the Canadians can do the same for them.

Sarah Vaillancourt scored a pair of power-play goals and Hayley Wickenheiser had three assists to pace Canada to a 4-2 win over the Finns.

But Finland's 1-0 overtime upset of the Americans the previous day put them in position to play for gold for the first time at the world championships.

If the Canadians beat the U.S. on Thursday (TSN, Wednesday midnight ET), they get a rematch with Finland in Saturday's championship game (TSN, 7 a.m. ET).

"I've never been nervous about watching a Canada-U.S. game, but I will be tomorrow," Finland captain Emma Laaksonen said.

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