Canada hockey advances to seventh straight gold-medal game

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Canada cruised past Switzerland 10-3 on Monday to advance to the women’s hockey gold-medal game at the Winter Olympics, where they’ll look to avenge their loss to the United States in 2018.

Canada jumped out to an early lead, with Claire Thompson, Jamie Lee Rattray, Renata Fast and Blayre Turnbull scoring four goals in a two-minute span in the first period. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin contributed two goals, while Sarah Nurse had four assists and Emma Maltais recorded her first-ever Olympic goal.

Brianne Jenner joined in on the offensive blitz, tying a record Monday with her ninth goal at a single Olympics.

MĂ©lodie Daoust returned to the ice for Canada after sustaining an upper-body injury in the team’s Olympic opener.

“Every time I get the honor to wear that Maple Leaf, it’s amazing, and to be able to represent my country being back on the ice for my third Olympics, that’s all I’ve dreamed of,” said Daoust, the MVP of the 2018 Olympic tournament in PyeongChang.

The Canadians, undefeated so far in the tournament, have outscored their opponents 54-8 and every player has tallied at least one point.

Canada will meet U.S. in the Olympic final after the Americans defeated Finland 4-1 in the other semifinal on Monday, marking the sixth time the teams will face each other for the gold medal. Canada has appeared in every gold-medal game since women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics in 1998, winning four golds and two silvers.

The gold-medal game is set for Wednesday at 11:05 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.