(CNN) They may be close neighbors geographically but the bitter rivalry in between the US and Canada has defined women’s ice hockey for the final 3 decades.
And a different chapter in the wealthy shared history in between the two teams will be written Sunday when they face every single other in the final of the women’s ice hockey Globe Championship for the 21st time in 22nd tournaments.
The US booked its spot in the final by dismantling Czechia 9-1, thanks to braces for captain Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and Tessa Janecke and a target apiece for Abbey Murphy, Abby Roque and Caroline Harvey.
Knight’s ambitions and her help enhanced her Group USA-record planet championship tally to 98 points, when Harvey’s score and 4 assists added to her group-top tournament total of 12 points.
“We’re on the hunt for a gold medal,” USA’s Cayla Barnes mentioned, according to the tournament’s official web-site. “It is been a tiny bit, so we unquestionably are hungry for that and we want to get that back so if it [USA vs Canada], it really is the greatest rivalry. It is going to be a really hard back and forth game, you count on that, so we’re seriously hunting forward to the game.”
It will be a likelihood for the US to avenge a series of defeats by the Canadians in current years, following 5 consecutive defeats such as in the final two planet championship finals and in the final of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
And Canada also coasted into the final, defeating Switzerland five-1 in its personal semifinal following a hattrick from Sarah Fillier and solo markers for Jamie Lee Rattray and Rebecca Johnston.
Canada is the two-time defending planet champion, and the defending Olympic champion.
“It is not really hard to get up for this game, and I am positive they are saying the identical factor more than there,” Fillier mentioned, according to CBC.
“It is precisely what you dream of as a tiny kid. We got to do it in Calgary a couple of years ago just in front of buddies and loved ones [due to COVID-19 restrictions] so to play in front of in all probability five,000 fans is seriously thrilling,” she added.
The puck drop is scheduled for 7pm ET on Sunday.