Canada and the United States staged another showdown in the finals of the Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship after blowout victories in Saturday’s semifinals.
Canada beat Switzerland 8-1 after the Americans beat the Czech Republic 10-1.
Since the first women’s world championships in 1990, Canada and the United States have met in every final except in 2019, when the Americans beat Finland for the title.
Canada has won the world championship 11 times and the United States nine times. They start again on Sunday.
Canada beat the United States in overtime in last year’s final in Calgary, which ended a five-game American title streak. Canada also beat the United States in the Olympic final in Beijing in February, but the United States edged the Canadians 5-2 on Tuesday in the group stage.
Amanda Kessel scored a hat trick to help USA continue their streak of reaching the finals at every world championship.
The US, led the Czechs, reaching their first semifinal, 6-0 after the first period and added two more goals in each of the second and third periods.
Taylor Heise had two goals and three assists, and Hilary Knight scored twice to take her own all-time tournament record to 89 points and 53 goals.
Klara Hymlarova made it 7-1 midway through the second.
Canada had seven different scorers against Switzerland, with Marie-Philip Poulin the only player to score twice.
– The Associated Press