The US women may have had a heartbreaking loss to Canada this past week, but that did not stop them from claiming second in Group A and automatically advancing into the semifinals. The downside of that loss is they have to play Finland and Noora Raty instead of the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
If you have not been watching this tournament or ones in the past, Noora Raty is one of the few goalies that has the ability to steal a game by herself. On top of that the rest of the Finnish team is no joke. The US and Finland met in the first group stage game and even though the US won 3-1 it was a hard fought game with the US having to pot an empty netter in the dying minutes to seal it. Finland actually entered the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Needless to say this is a massive game and Finland cannot, and should not, be taken lightly by the US women. The winner of this game advances to the Final to play the winner of Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia. I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope the US and Canada win so we can get a round 2 of the best rivalry in all of hockey right now.
GAME INFORMATION (FOR CALIFORNIA)
Date: February 18, 2018
Start Time: 8:10 PM Pacific TIme
Where: Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangnueng, South Korea
How to Watch: NBCSN (TV)/NBColympics.com (Streaming)/NBC Sports App (Mobile)
This is a massive game for the US women so set a reminder for tonight at 8:10 and jump into the comments section to talk about it!
I want to end the article with this video from the American Outlaws to hype you up. I know the American Outlaws are a US soccer supporters group, but hey we all support US sports so just enjoy it. If you are watching with a big group of people or by yourself, sing it at the top of your lungs during the game. I know I will be.