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USA vs. Finland: Score, updates, highlights in 2022 Olympic Women's Hockey

USA vs. Finland: Score, updates, highlights in 2022 Olympic Women's Hockey
Posted at 2:08 AM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 11:26:56-05

THIRD PERIOD

Editor's note: The U.S. and Finland women's hockey teams met in the semifinals on Monday at the 2022 Winter Olympics. To relive the action between the U.S. and Finland, check out our live blog of the clash below, or click here for a full game recap. Stream the rest of the women's hockey games on Peacock or here on NBCOlympics.com. 

0:00 - Third period is under way. The U.S. leads 2-0 thanks to goals from Cayla Barnes and Hilary Knight.

0:29 - Finland gets off to a bad start as Petra Nieminen takes a penalty and following a review is assessed a cross-checking minor. Officials were reviewing it for a potential major penalty.

3:33 - Finland kills off the power play, but the U.S. gets a good chance off the stick of Grace Zumwinkle, but Anni Kesala is able to make the save and cover the puck as a battle for the puck goes on around her.

6:55 - The U.S. nearly goes up 3-0 but Amanda Kessel's wrister from the wing clangs off the post. Savannah Harmon also had a good opportunity but her attempt went wide of the Finnish net.

7:19 - It's been a dominant showing for the U.S. as they lead the shot count 38-15 and, most important, 2-0 on the scoreboard.

10:45 - Hilary Knight's goal in the second period puts her tied Jenny Potter with 11 all-time at the Olympics. They both trail Natalie Darwitz and Katie King (14) for the U.S. Olympic record.

15:00 - The U.S. has done a great job all game of limiting the Finns any Grade A chances. When Finland has had any decent opportunities, Alex Cavallini has been their to deny any threat. 

15:20 - GOAL! USA 3-0. That will do it. Finland gets sloppy and fails to exit their own zone. The puck traveled around the boards and to point where Cayla Barnes picked it up and wired a shot that was deflected in front by Hayley Scamurra for a third American goal.

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16:02 - Abby Roque heads to the penalty box to give Finland a power play. The Finns also pull their goaltender to give themselves a 6-on-4 advantage for two minutes.

18:58 - The U.S. kills off the penalty and is 62 seconds away from closing this out and moving on to another Olympic gold medal game.

19:34 - GOAL! FINLAND 3-1. The Finns spoil Alex Cavallini's shutout bid as a scramble in front slips by the net minder. Susanna Tapani gets her fifth of the tournament for Finland. The U.S. remains on top 3-1. That is only the second goal Cavallini has allowed in three starts.

19:56 - GOAL! USA 4-1. Abby Roque gets another one for the U.S. in the empty net.

20:00 - FINAL! USA 4-1. The Americans take down the Finns and will head to the gold medal game against Canada. That game will be Wednesday night at 11:05 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Finland will play for bronze against Switzerland Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. ET.

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SECOND PERIOD

0:00 - Second period is under way with the U.S. and Finland tied 0-0. The Finns came close to opening the scoring but Alex Cavallini said no.

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0:10 - Reminder that the winner of this game will face Canada for gold Wednesday night at 11:05 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. The loser will play for bronze against Switzerland Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. ET.

2:12 - Sustained pressure by the U.S. in the Finnish zone ends up with the Americans taking the first five shots of the period and drawing a power play early in this second period. 

3:39 - GOAL! USA 1-0. Cayla Barnes gets the power play goal to give the Americans the first lead of the game. After some good puck movement, the U.S. gets the puck down low to Hilary Knight who then feeds Barnes in front for the first goal. The U.S. is now 6-for-25 on the power play in the tournament, scoring with the advantage in each of their six games.

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4:32 - That was Barnes' first-ever Olympic goal. Meanwhile, Knight's assist ties her with Natalie Darwitz for second place on the all-time U.S. scoring list (25 Olympic points). Jenny Potter remains on top with 32 Olympic points.

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5:39 - Power play coming up for Finland. Dani Cameranesi takes an illegal hit penalty. The Finns are 7-for-19 on the power play in these Olympics.

10:00 - The U.S. holds on to a 1-0 lead midway through the game and a 25-6 advantage in shots.

16:23 - Finland gets a good chance from Noora Tulus but again, Alex Cavallini is strong in net.

18:53 - GOAL! USA 2-0. Hilary Knight contribute again, this time to extend the U.S. lead. Kendall Coyne Schofield won a loose puck behind the Finland net, fed Savannah Harmon at the top of the face-off circle. Her shot was blocked in front, but Knight pounced on the puck wristed one past Finnish goalie Anni Keisala.

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20:00 - End of two periods and the U.S. holds a 2-0 lead. They are 20 minutes away from ensuring a seventh straight Olympic medal and sixth matchup vs. Canada for a gold medal.

FIRST PERIOD

0:00 - Puck is dropped in Wukesong Sports Centre! The U.S. is rocking their navy sweaters, and the Finns are wearing white. The Americans may have taken down Finland in their first game of the tournament, but the Finns probably won't make things very easy on them this time around.

6:24 - Good pace to the game so far, but no high-danger scoring chances for either team. Both teams feeling each other out in the early stage of the tilt.

9:00 - Amanda Kessel gets the first quality scoring chance of the game with a breakaway, but she's denied by Finnish goaltender Anni Keisala.

11:37 - Another good scoring chance for the Americans. They're starting to heat up in the offensive zone after being oddly quiet to start the game. Kelly Panek with the opportunity from in close.

16:40 - She couldn't get a quality chance on net, but it really needs to be mentioned just how fast Kendall Coyne Schofield is. She can absolutely fly. Obviously. Dangerous every time she touches the puck.

19:25 - Alex Cavallini with back-to-back miraculous pad saves. What an effort to keep it scoreless. Mercy. A goal there would've been enormous for the Finns, but Cavallini came up clutch. Early candidate for play of the game.

20:00 - First period comes to a close, and the U.S. is lucky the game's still scoreless. Americans lead in shots 12-6.